Windows of Heaven: La Seu Cathedral of Palma, Cook Islands, 2016, 50g, .925


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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 “Windows of Heaven”. This 50 g silver .925 coin of 2016 is dedicated to famous cathedral of Palma de Mallorca 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 the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, also called “La Seu” (Seat of the Bishop). This emblematic gothic monument was founded by King James I of Aragon to honour a vow he made to the Virgin Mary after surviving a terrible storm. Built on the site of an existing Arab mosque, the cathedral is 121 metres long and 55 metres wide and occupies an area of approximately 6.600 m2 . It was designed in French Gothic style with influences of the north European gothic and made from golden limestone from the Santanyi quarries.

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