HAGIA SOPHIA Amber Mineral Art 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Palau 2016

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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is the eighth release in the “Mineral Art” series and is dedicated to the most important Byzantine structure and of the world - Hagia Sophia. The coin has a beautiful Relief, has a wonderful design, has an Antique Finish quality and comes along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide!

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Specifications
Country Palau
Year 2016
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) No
 
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The Church Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia has been standing for more than 1400 years. It's dimensions of 82 meters long and 73 meters wide, sporting a dome 33 meters in diameter with a crown that rises 55 meters from the ground level is formidable at its time of construction. Hagia Sophia was constructed in 537 BC as a Greek Orthodox Church by Emperor Justinian I to replace the original church by the same name that was torched. The massive dome is held up by spherical triangles that arise from four huge piers that carry the weight of the cupola. To create an air of sanctity, 40 windows beneath allow sunlight to suffuse the interior and irradiate the gold mosaics. While it took nearly a century for medieval builders to construct the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, the church was completed in less than 6 years. A variety of ornate mosaics were added over the centuries by each emperor after Justinian I. They included imperial portraits, images of the imperial family, different emperors, images of Christ and Virgin Mary with Jesus as a child. Hagia Sophia served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral until 1453 AD when Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II who conquered Istanbul converted it into a mosque. It served as inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques including the Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Sehzade Mosque and Kılıç Ali Pasa Mosque.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin features the wonderful and detailed image of Hagia Sophia, and a beautiful Amber insert. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “HAGIA SOPHIA” – the name of the coin, “MINERAL ART” – the name of the series and “2016” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin features the interior of the building, the Coat of Arms of Palau and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” – the issuing country and “10 DOLLARS” – the face value.

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