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WINDOWS OF HEAVEN CHARTRES Notre Dame Cathedral Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2013


Fabulous issue in famous Windows of Heaven's series featuring full-color stained glass inserts from famous churches and cathedrals around the world. This release features the French medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

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Notre Dame de Chartres
The French medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres is a Roman Rite Catholic cathedral located in Chartres, in southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric  in the 4th century.
The cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century.
Since at least the 12th century the cathedral has been an important destination for travellers and attracting large numbers of Christian pilgrims, many of who come to venerate its famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ's birth as well as large numbers of secular tourists who come to admire the cathedral's architecture and historical merit.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2013
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)50
  • Diameter (mm)55
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The series, entitled "Windows of Heaven" will see a number of coins released, struck to exquisite proof quality, honouring famous Cathedrals throughout the world and they intricately designed stained glass windows. Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing the outside of the particular Cathedral Notre Dame of Chartres, with a plan of the outlay of the church below. To the left is shown a section taken from within the cathedral showing a beautifully designed stained-glass window. The name of the series, city featured and year of issue are all inscribed on this side. 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.