National Geographic : 1981 Oct
(Continued) It is so prized because it is extraordinarily beautiful and exceedingly rare. Indeed, it is so scarce that all the gold mined since the beginning of time could fit into a single large room! What's more, gold is permanent - it doesn't tarnish, corrode or deteriorate. A gold coin minted in the days when Moses received The Commandments would gleam as brightly today as it did then. Thus gold is known as the eternal metal, the medium artists and craftsmen throughout the ages have used to portray and honor the foremost figures and timeless doctrines of the world's great religions. And now you can bring such golden artistic splendor into your home, where you can admire and enjoy it as often as you wish! Original Works of Art in the Tradition of the Old Masters For this exclusive private edition, the Danbury Mint has commissioned the distinguished artist, Mary Mayo, to create twelve original paintings expressly and exclusively for this collection. As few other artists of our day, Mary Mayo has mastered her craft after years of studying the styles and techniques of the "old masters" giants of classical art such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Raphael. Her canvases inspire a profound respect and admiration for such classic, timeless beauty! Old World Craftsmanship Involving an Intricate Process Like the original works of art, the production process to make these plates will respect time honored traditions, employing the most expensive materials, highest standards of excellence, and patient hand-craftsmanship at every stage. The plates will undergo a painstaking process of five separatefirings: one to bake the china.., a second to glaze it... a third to bond the radiant colors of the original art... a fourth to apply the beautiful "Old English" lettering along the rim identifying each plate... and, finally, a fifth to seal the luxurious gold border, which a skilled artisan has lavishly hand-painted onto each plate using a brush dipped in pure liquid gold! A five firing process is exceptionally rare in the production of fine collector plates, and is a measure of the unsurpassed importance of this collection! A Limited Edition Available only by Advance Reservation The Ten Commandments Plate Collection will be available exclusively from the Danbury Mint. No plates will be sold separately and none will be available in stores. The size of the U.S. edition will be forever limited to the exact number of collections reserved by the final deadline, December 31, 1981. Convenient Acquisition Satisfaction Guaranteed To reserve your Ten Commandments Plate Collection, simply complete the attached reservation application. There is no need to send payment now. Your twelve plates will be issued at the convenient rate of one every two months. You will be billed for each plate in two equal monthly payments of only $27.50 each. If you receive any plate you are not completely satisfied with, you may return it upon receipt for replacement or refund. And you may discontinue your subscription at any time. Act Promptly to Avoid Disappointment This is truly a unique chance to assemble your own private gallery of classic art, richly embellished with an unprecedented 240 square inches of pure, 24kt gold! To avoid disap pointment, return the attached reservation application today! r-------------------------------------------------I RESERVATION APPLICATION H41 The Ten Commandments Plate Collection The Danbury Mint Must be 47 Richards Avenue postmarked by Norwalk, Conn. 06856 December 31, 1981. Limit: One set per subscriber. Please accept my reservation application to The Ten Commandments Plate Collection. I understand this is a limited edition of twelve original works by artist Mary Mayo lavishly hand-decorated with 24kt gold. I need send no money now. The collection will be issued at the rate of one plate every two months. I will pay for each plate as billed in two convenient monthly installments of $27.50 each. Any plate I am not completely satisfied with may be returned upon receipt for replacement or refund, and this subscription agreement may be cancelled by either party at any time. Name Address City State, Zip C Check here if you want each monthly installment charged to your: Q Master Card VISA Credit Card No. Expiration Date Signature Allow 8 to 12 weeks after payment for initial shipment. L---------- ___ ------ _______ ______ ____- - - - - .