The Great Wave off Kanagawa
2 oz 999 Fine Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2022 – 10000 Francs CFA
This piece of art is famous all around the world. This is one of the most recognizable examples of Japanese art in the world and it has made woodblock famous as well. This piece is from a series that is called The Great Wave Comes which was produced in 1830. Hokusai was already around 70 years old at the time of the release of this collection. Hokusai stated that he made sure that the fury and power of the waves in the series were clear. He wanted the tension and feeling of power that comes through the piece with ease. Woodblock printing is done through carving and the texture and depth of this form of art are unique due to this process. One thinks of the colossal weight of the water as well as its movement and lightness at the same time.
This is one of the most deceptively simple pieces of art that have ever been made. Woodcut is perfectly suited for the minting process that is used in this piece. The painting is clear and vivid on the legal tender with its ratio aspect that is loyal to the original piece. The texture of the woodblock and the relief work perfectly together. The piece displays the drama, the color, and the movement of the wave just like in the original piece of art. This piece appears like the original in every way with the benefit of the solid texture and design of the relief process. The Great Wave was practically custom-made for this kind of representation and the relation between the two creation processes makes a happy marriage that creates a beautiful art piece. The frame surrounding the original is also rendered perfectly in the final product.
The obverse presents an original design depicting a portrait of the artist himself and the theme of this collectible, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, in a currency note style as the design of the legal tender, featuring the Coat of Arms du Tchad.
On a canvas of 12 x 12cm, a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Max” was applied to give this piece its remarkable weight while keeping its proportions true to the actual painting. This is made possible by combining 33.5 oz of copper as a base with a top painting layer of 2 oz of 999 pure Silver. This is a limited edition of 500 pieces only. Each piece is packaged and delivered with a Certificate verifying its edition number and authenticity.
Weight & Material
2 oz 999 Ag, 33.5 oz 999 Cu
Gold plated & Antiqued Silver
120 x 120mm
Republique du Tchad
Year of Issue
10000 Francs CFA