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WINDOWS OF HEAVEN JERUSALEM Dominus Flevit Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2015


2015 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 Dominus Flevit, a Roman Catholic Church on the Mount of Olives, opposite the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Mintage of 2.000 pieces worldwide.

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Dominus Flevit
Dominus Flevit is a Roman Catholic church on the Mount of Olives, opposite the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The church was designed and constructed between 1953 and 1955 by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi and is held in trust by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. During construction of the sanctuary, archaeologists uncovered artifacts dating back to the Canaanite period, as well as tombs from the Second Temple and Byzantine eras. Dominus Flevit, which translates from Latin as "The Lord Wept", was fashioned in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ. Here, according to the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus, while riding toward the city of Jerusalem, becomes overwhelmed by the beauty of the Second Temple and predicting its future destruction, and the diaspora of the Jewish people, weeps openly (an event known as Flevit super illam in Latin language).
The site of Christ's weeping was unmarked until the Crusader era. It was during this time that people began commemorating the site. Eventually a small chapel was built there. After the fall of Jerusalem in 1187, the church fell into ruin. In the early sixteenth century a mosque or madrasah existed at the site, presumably built by the Turks, from the remains of the earlier church, although the exact use is disputed. This place was known as el Mansouriyeh (The Triumphant) and also el Khelweh (The Hermitage).
The Franciscans were unable to obtain the ruins, so, in 1891 they purchased a small plot of land nearby and built a small chapel there. In 1913 a small private home was built in front of the Franciscan chapel by one Miss Mellon. This home eventually passed to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who eventually sold it to a Portuguese woman.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • 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 inside of the particular catholic church, Dominus Flevit, Jerusalem. 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.