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GOTHIC CATHEDRALS MARIACKI CHURCH Cracow St. Mary Basilica Silver Coin 1$ Niue Island 2011


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. Mary's Basilica
St. Mary's Basilica (Polish: Kościół Mariacki), is a Brick Gothic church re-built in the 14th century (originally built in the early 13th century), adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).
On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of St. Mary's two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station.[1] [2]
St. Mary's Basilica also served as an architectural model for many of the churches that were built by the Polish diaspora abroad, particularly those like St. Michael's and St. John Cantius in Chicago, designed in the so-called Polish Cathedral style.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2011
  • 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 Abbey. The coin obverse depicts a coloured design with a printed stained glass window, vault of the cathedral, view of two towers, inscriptions: "Ko?ció? Mariacki", "Kraków" as well as hallmark Ag 925.