Windows of Heaven - Milan Cathedral

Cook Islands 2013 - $10 - Windows of Heaven - Milan Cathedral - 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 2013
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 10
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 50g
Diameter 50 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 2000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $291.33
Coin Story

The Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary Nascent), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fourth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy. The street plan of Milan, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, indicates that the Duomo occupied the most important site in the ancient Roman city of Mediolanum. Saint Ambrose built a new basilica on this site at the beginning of the 5th century, with an adjoining basilica added in 836. When fire damaged both buildings in 1075, they were rebuilt as the Duomo. In 1386 the archbishop, Antonio da Saluzzo, began the new project in a rayonnant late Gothic style that is more characteristic of France than Italy. Work proceeded for generations. The main spire was topped in 1762 with a polychrome statue of the Madonna, to whom the Duomo and its predecessor have always been dedicated. Even now, some uncarved blocks remain to be turned into sculpture. Gothic construction on the rest of the Duomo was largely complete in the 1880s. The Duomo was recently under major renovations and cleaning for several years, obscuring the west front with scaffolding. Works were finally completed in 2009, revealing the newly-cleaned facade in all its glory.

Reverse Design

Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing parts of the inside of the Milan Cathedral, 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 - Milan Cathedral 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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