Russian Icon - St. Nicholas

Cook Islands 2010 - 5$ - Russian Icon - St. Nicholas - 25g LIMITED Silver Coin

Low Mintage, only 2.500 of these very special coins have been issued by Coin Invest Trust!
This silver coin is dedicated to Shrines and Icons.
$174.33

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2010
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver - Gilded
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 22,2g
Dimensions 30 x 38 mm
Mintage 2500
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $174.33
Coin Story

Saint Nicholas, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day - St Nicholas Day (6 December in Western Christianity and 19 December in Eastern Christianity); and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos". His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. In 1087, part of the relics (about half of the bones) were furtively translated to Bari, in Apulia, Italy. For this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. The remaining bones were taken to Venice in 1100.

The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.

Reverse Design

The reverse captures the Icon of "St. Nicholas". His face and hands are coloured, while the rest of the famous icon is engraved into the silver background. Only the halo is depicted in gold, matching the original icon.

Obverse Design

Each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the denomination of the coin.

Packaging

The Russian Icon - St. Nicholas coin comes encapsuled with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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