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ANGKOR WAT City Of Temples Sandstone Cambodia Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2015


Second issue of the series "Magical & Mystical places" this Silver coin is dedicated to the City of Temples Angkor Wat and the coin features a real sandstone insert from Cambodia. The coin is housed in a beautiful box with COA. Very limited mintage of 999 pieces worldwide.

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City of Temples Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, later a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early Dravidian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's obverse depicts the beautiful City of Temples Angkor Wat and a real sandstone insert from Cambodia. On top of the coin the inscription "City of Temples" and on bottom the inscription "Angkor Wat" and the issue date. On the coin's reverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue country and the face value.