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

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The eighth issue in the successful “Mineral Art” series, is dedicated to Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s greatest monuments. The special thing about the coin is its amazingly detailed antique finish design adorned with a real amber insert, making the coin a real work of art. 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 and obverse of this amazing coin depict the church Hagia Sophia, now a museum in Istambul, Turkey. On the reverse, in the right side, a colorful Amber piece, that can be seen on the obverse face, too. On the top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “Hagia Sophia” – the name of the coin, “Mineral Art” – the name of the series and “2016” – the issue year. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Palau, the face value: “10 Dollars” and a beautiful illustration with the interior of the church of Hagia Sophia.

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