Windows of Heaven - Church of St. Francis in Krakow

Cook Islands 2012 - $10 - Windows of Heaven - Church of St. Francis in Krakow - 50g LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 2.000 of these coins were issued by Allcollect!
These special coins with a stained-glass window are dedicated to the Windows of Heaven.
$291.33

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 10
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 50g
Diameter 50 mm
Edge Serrated
Thickness No
Mintage 2000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $291.33
Coin Story

The Franciscan Church was founded in the first half of the 13th century and it was one of the first brick constructions in Krakow. In the 15th century the church recieved its final Gothic form, with the nave adjoining the Passion of Christ Chapel. The Franciscan monastery has been built in stages beginning in the 14th century. In 1850 the church and monastery went up in flames. The reconstruction and redecoration took several dozen years. The present neo-Gothic interior was made by Stanislaw Wyspianski. Wyspianski designed not only the murals that cover the interior of the church, but also the marvellous stained glass windows. Most famous is the huge 'Let it Be', which stands above the Western facade and shows God in the act of creation. Now the most authentic part of the church is the northern elevation of the transept, surviving almost intact in its 13th century form. The stocky proportions of the transept facade show the spirit of the early phase of Gothic. The arcaded moulded-brick frieze adorning the gable is a dircet borrowing from Lombardian architecture. The straight wall of the presbytery was replaced by a three-sided apse in the 15th century. A place of special beauty are the Gothic cloisters surrounding the rectangular viridarium, dating mostly from the first half of the 15th century.

Reverse Design

Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing the inside of the Church of St. Francis Krakow, with a plan of the layout of the church on the side. In the middle is a section, taken from within the cathedral, showing a beautifully designed stained-glass window. The name of the series, the city featured and the year of issue are all inscribed on this side.

Obverse Design

The obverse features the stained-glass showing the image (on the window) in reverse. On this side, together with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, you will find the country of issue and the face value.

Packaging

The Windows of Heaven - Church of St. Francis Krakow is struck from sterling silver and encapsulated, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. It comes with a presentation case, which is doing a great job in staging this special coin.

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