This magnificent Silver Proof 1 Kilo...
This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is the third release in the “Wonderful Mosaics” series and depicts the famous mosaic present in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna - Italy. The coin has a beautiful convex shape, has an amazing coloration, has a Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 06/22/2017
Basilica of San Vitale
The “Basilica of San Vitale” is a church in Ravenna, Italy, and one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in Europe. The Roman Catholic Church has designated the building a “basilica”, the honorific title bestowed on church buildings of exceptional historic and ecclesial importance, although of course it is not of architectural basilica form. It is one of eight Ravenna structures inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church was begun by Bishop Ecclesius in 526, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, Maximian, in 547 preceding the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna. The construction of the church was sponsored by Julius Argentarius, a Roman banker and architect, of whom very little is known, except that he also sponsored the construction of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe at around the same time. (A donor portrait of the Julius Argentarius may appear among the courtiers on the Justinian mosaic.) The final cost amounted to 26,000 solidi (gold pieces). The central vault used a western technique of hollow tubes inserted into each other, rather than bricks. The ambulatory and gallery were vaulted only later in the Middle Ages. The Baroque fresco on the dome was made between 1778 and 1782 by S. Barozzi, U. Gandolfi and E. Guarana.
The reverse of the coin depicts the mosaic of the Presbytery, in the Basilica of San Vitale. The image is positioned just above the mail altar windows. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscriptions: “BASILICA DI SAN VITALE” – the name of the coin, “RAVENNA” - the name of the Italian city, “VI TH CENTURY” and “WONDERFUL MOSAICS” – the name of the series. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “5 DOLLARS” – the face value, “COOK ISLANDS” – the issue country, “2017” – the year of issue and “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen.