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GOTHIC CATHEDRALS STEPHANSDOM Vienna Wien Silver Coin 1$ Niue Island 2010


The "Gothic Cathedrals" series includes most famous and beautiful gothic churches. In 2010 the following coins were issued: Notre-Dame (Paris), Duomo Milano (Milan), Koelner Dom (Cologne), Westminster Abbey (London), Stephansdom (Vienna). The 2011 issues will include the following coins: cathedrals in Prague and Barcelona, and Mariacki Church in Cracow.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) in Vienna has survived through many wars and has become a symbol of Vienna's freedom. The Gothic cathedral was first built in 1147 AD and its most recognizable characteristic, the diamond-patterned tile roof, was added in 1952.
The first church to occupy the site of St. Stephan's Cathedral was a Romanesque church, which was replaced by a larger Romanesque basilica in 1147. A major fire in 1258 destroyed the basilica and construction on the present Gothic cathedral began in the early 14th century.
The cathedral suffered damage during the Turkish seige of 1683 and again in the closing days of World War II, when fire from streetfighting leapt to the rooftop. The cathedral was reopened in 1948; the roof was repaired and decorated with ceramic tiles donated by Viennese citizens in 1950.
Among the important events that have occurred at St. Stephen's are Mozart's wedding in 1782 and his funeral in December 1791.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)30 x 50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin reverse depicts a coloured design with a printed stained glass window, front of the cathedral, the Austrian eagle (from the cathedral roof). Name of the cathedral in German. The coin obverse depicts a coloured design with a printed stained glass window, an image of a sculpture and an organ, effigy of Elisabeth II, Inscriptions: "Niue Island", "Elisabeth II" and "1 dollar" as well as "2010", and the hallmark "Ag 925".