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BRASILIA CATHEDRAL Nossa Senhora Aparecida Holy Windows Silver Coin 10$ Palau 2012


The fourth issue of extraordinary "Holy Windows" series composed by silver coins featuring the innovative inclusion of actual stained glass comes this eye-catching issue paying tribute to the most famous Cathedrals of the world. This spectacular issue honors the Brasilia Cathedral and its ceiling of pure glass.

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Brasilia Cathedral
The Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida) is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and was completed and dedicated on May 31, 1970.
The cathedral is a hyperboloid structure constructed from 16 concrete columns, squeezing toward the center and then flaying out into the sky.
In the square access to the temple, are four bronze sculptures with three feet tall, representing the evangelists, the sculptures were made with the aid of the sculptor Dante Croce in 1968. Inside the nave, are the sculptures of three angels, suspended by steel cables.
The roof of the nave has a stained glass composed of sixteen pieces of fiberglass in shades of blue, green, white and brown inserted between the concrete pillars. Each piece is inserted into triangles with base ten meters and thirty feet high and were painted in 1990 by Marianne Peretti. The altar was donated by Pope Paul VI and the image of the patron saint Our Lady of Aparecida is a replica of the original which is in Aparecida, Sao Paulo.
The design recalls hands reaching up toward heaven, with a circular movement that recalls the eternity of ancient designs. Unlike previous such buildings, the concrete structure is filled with a ceiling of pure glass.
The floor curves up to reach the glass at a threshhold above eye level.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2012
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)50
  • Size (mm)42 x 42
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The series, entitled "Holy Windows" will see a number of coins released, struck to exquisite proof quality, honouring famous Cathedrals throughout the world and their intricately designed stained glass windows. Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing the outside of the particular Brasilia Cathedral. To the center is shown a triangular section taken from the basilica stained-glass ceiling: the one behind the altar. On top edge the name of the series, city featured and year of issue are inscribed. On the obverse the stained-glass can be seen showing the image in reverse. On this side, together with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, is the country of issue and the face value. This stunning entry into innovative numismatics, is struck from sterling silver and encapsulated, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.