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CHRIST PANTOCRATOR Mosaic Convex 1 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2016


Second pure Silver coin, colored, of the new series "Wonderful Mosaics", issued by the Cook Islands in 2016, with a special convex shape that reproduces the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator, in Monreale Cathedral. Mintage limited to 999 pieces worldwide!

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Christ Pantocrator
Christ Pantocrator: The cathedral in Monreale, Palermo, is regarded as the most beautiful of the Norman churches in Sicily. The mosaics were made with 2200 kg of pure gold, experts have estimated. Craftsmen from Constantinople were employed to expedite the work. The Byzantine mosaics are among the most magnificent in the world.
In Christian iconography, Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. Pantocrator or Pantokrator is, used in this context, a translation of one of many names of God in Judaism.
When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek as the Septuagint, Pantokrator was used both for YHWH Sabaoth "Lord of Hosts" and for El Shaddai "God Almighty". In the New Testament, Pantokrator is used once by Paul. Aside from that one occurrence, John the Revelator is the only New Testament author to use the word Pantokrator. The author of the Book of Revelation uses the word nine times and while the references to God and Christ in Revelation are at times interchangeable, Pantokrator appears to be reserved for God alone.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2016
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator, in Monreale Cathedral. In the top of the coin – a colored image of Jesus Christ. Along the image, horizontally – inscription: "Christ Pantocrator" (name of the coin). On the center of the coin, the inscriptions "Monreale Palermo" and "VIIth Century". On the bottom, the inscription "Wonderful Mosaics".
The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around, the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE ISLAND" (issuer), "5 DOLLARS" (face value), "2016" (year of issue).