The stunning and successful series of silver coins minted for the Cook Islands pays tribute to famous cathedrals throughout the world. Beautifully designed and featuring stained glass windows, the series bears the title “The Windows of Heaven”. This 50g silver .925 coin of 2016 is dedicated to famous cathedral of Hagia Sophia and has got the limited mintage of 2,000 pieces worldwide.
The obverse of the silver coin represents an effigy of Elizabeth II as well as the inscription of the Queen’s name. There is a unique full-color window insert next to the portrait. The obverse also contains the legends indicating the face value of the coin and the name of the issuing country.
The reverse features the image of Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s greatest monuments. The Hagia Sophia combines a longitudinal basilica and a centralized building in a wholly original manner, with a huge 32-metre main dome supported on pendentives and two semidomes, one on either side of the longitudinal axis.