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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Holy Windows Silver Coin 10$ Palau 2011


The first issue of extraordinary "Holy Windows" series composed by silver coins featuring the innovative inclusion of actual stained glass comes this eye-catching issue paying tribute to the most famous Cathedrals of the world. This spectacular issue honors the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and its spectacular stained glass display.

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Santiago de Compostela is a city of about 90,000 people in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Santiago's name and fame both derive from Saint James the Apostle (Sant Iago), whose holy relics are believed to be enshrined under the cathedral's altar. Legend has it that James preached in Spain before being martyred in Jerusalem in 44 AD and his body was brought back to Spain after his death. The tomb of St. James was discovered here in 819 AD and a small church was soon built over the shrine by the king.
The present Santiago Cathedral, an impressive Romanesque structure with a Baroque facade, was begun in 1078 after the previous church was destroyed by Moorish invaders. A thriving town soon developed around the cathedral and Santiago became a major pilgrimage destination, surpassed only by Jerusalem and Rome. Devout pilgrims traveled long distances along the Camino de Santiago ("Route of St. James"), a series of pilgrimage roads throughout France and Spain, to pray at the tomb of St. James and gain religious merit.
Over the last century, newer pilgrimage sites like Fatima and Lourdes have surpassed Santiago in popularity, but many devout Catholics still make the trek to pay their respects to St. James. In addition, Santiago's magnificent cathedral, medieval buildings, and charming streets draw thousands of tourists each year. Many modern travelers to Santiago, both religious and nonreligious, choose to reach the holy city by walking, biking, or riding horseback on the paths of the historic Camino de Santiago.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2011
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)50
  • Size (mm)42 x 42
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The series, entitled "Holy Windows" will see a number of coins released, struck to exquisite proof quality, honouring famous Cathedrals throughout the world and their intricately designed stained glass windows. Struck in to the reverse of this coin is an image showing the outside of the magnificent Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, with a plan of the outlay of the cathedral below. To the center is shown a section taken from within the cathedral showing a beautifully designed stained-glass window. On top edge the name of the series, city featured and year of issue are inscribed. 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.