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WINDOWS OF HEAVEN LOURDES Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2013


Particular 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 Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary.

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Our Lady of Lourdes
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine (Grotto) to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, France. The Sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. This ground is owned and administrated by the Roman Catholic Church, and has several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodation for sick pilgrims and their helpers. The Domain includes the Grotto itself, the nearby taps which dispense the Lourdes water, and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau, as well as several churches and basilicas. It comprises an area of 51 hectares, and includes 22 separate places of worship.There are six official languages of the Sanctuary: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German.
Grottos intended as replicas of the one at Our Lady of Lourdes, and other grottos in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, are often described as "Lourdes grottos".

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2013
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)50
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • 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 of Lourdes, 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.