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WINDOWS OF HEAVEN SEVILLE Sevilla Cathedral Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2011


This issue is the fourth in a series of silver coins called Windows of Heaven featuring full-color stained glass inserts from famous churches and cathedrals around the world. This release features Seville (Spain), the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Held up against the light, the window will become translucent and show the intricate design in full splendor.

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Seville Cathedral
The Cathedral of Seville (Catedral de Sevilla) is an expression in stone of post-Reconquest confidence and wealth. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world.
Built on the site of a grand Almohad Mosque, Seville's cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista. In the planning stages, a member of the chapter is said to have commented, "we shall have a church of such a kind that those who see it built will think we were mad".
Inspired by this goal, the canons of Seville renounced all but a subsistence level of their incomes to fund the construction. The cathedral was completed in just over a century (1402-1506), quite an achievement given its size and Gothic details. It was probably designed by the French master architect of Rouen Cathedral.
Along with the city's Alcazar and Archivo de las Indias, Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2011
  • 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
In addition to the stained glass insert, the reverse also features an image of the structure seen from the outside, as well as a floor plan of the cathedral. The obverse also the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.