Windows of Heaven - St. Catherine's Church in Bethlehem

Cook Islands 2012 - $10 - Windows of Heaven - St. Catherine's Church in Bethlehem - 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
Mintage 2000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $291.33
Coin Story

This is the sixth issue of the Windows of Heaven series, featuring stained glass inserts from famous churches and cathedrals around the world. Held up against the light, the window will become translucent and show the intricate design. The Church of St. Catherine is a Catholic church in Manger Square, Bethlehem, which is physically connected to the Church of the Nativity. There’s a story that the Church of the Nativity was spared from destruction when, in the 7th century, invading Persian soldiers noticed a mural depicting the visit by the Three Magi to the Christ child. This communicated the message that the significance of Christmas transcended cultures. Like the wise men from the east, the invading army showed a special respect for this holy place. They prayed and left in peace. Located on the site of Christ's appearance to St. Catherine of Alexandria and his prediction of her martyrdom, St. Catherine's church was built in 1882 on the ruins of the 12th century Augustinian Crusader church. Traces of a 5th-century monastery associated with St. Jerome also exists here. Under the church is a complex system of caves and rock chambers, where St. Jerome is believed to have translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. A short passage from one of the chambers leads into the Grotto of the Nativity. The Church of St. Catherine features many stained glass windows with religious scenes, most famously the Adoration of the Magi (wise men) nativity scene, which is visible from both sides of this coin. The Three Wise Men came here to the humble manger, to worship the little baby Jesus and give him precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Reverse Design

Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing parts of the inside of St. Catherine's in Bethlehem, 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 - St. Catherine's in Bethlehem 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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