Niue 2015 $2 Icon World Heritage Altar Cross 1 Oz Silver Coin Gilded *ONLY 999*

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  •     Mintage Limit - 999
  •     Coin minted from 1oz of pure silver
  •     Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + Presentation Case
  •     Coin with unique shape !!!
  •     Ultra High Relief
$149.00
Size chart
Women's clothing size
SizeXSSML
Euro 32/34 36 38 40
USA 0/2 4 6 8
Bust(in) 31-32 33 34 36
Bust(cm) 80.5-82.5 84.5 87 92
Waist(in) 24-25 26 27 29
Waist(cm) 62.5-64.5 66.5 69 74
Hips(in) 34-35 36 37 39
Hips(cm) 87.5-89.5 91.5 94 99
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  •     Mintage Limit - 999  
  •     Coin minted from 1oz of pure silver 
  •     Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + Presentation Case 
  •     Coin with unique shape !!!  
  •     Ultra High Relief

This engraved fourteenth-century altar cross is believed to be of Catalan or Aragonese origin. It is decorated with four enamelled copper plaques. The central one shows a floating Christ with arms outstretched as if on the cross, against a blue sky studded with thirty-three stars, one for each of Christ's years on earth. The plaque to the left depicts the Virgin Mary, the one above an angel and the one below Adam rising from Golgotha (the hill on which Christ was nailed to the Cross). The right-hand plaque, which unfortunately is missing, would have shown St John the Evangelist. The plaques were made using the champlevé technique, where the goldsmith engraves the design into copper and lays powdered coloured glass into the grooves. This fuses with the metal when fired and is then gilded with a mercury-gold solution. The cross has been in the British Museum's collection since 1895, but the central plaque of Christ has only recently been restored to its original setting. In the nineteenth century many fine religious objects were broken up and pieces such as this were sold to satisfy the demand for small enamels to display in cabinets. The plaque eventually became part of the Keir Collection, owned by London-based collector Edmund de Unger. While on loan to the British Museum in 1981 for a temporary display its connection to the altar cross was realised. Mr de Unger's generosity in donating the plaque to the Museum in 2003 led to a rare and exciting reunion between the two objects.

Reverse Design

The reverse captures the centrepiece of the altar cross. It shows a floating Christ (in high relief) with arms outstretched as if on the cross, against a blue sky studded with thirty-three stars, one for each of Christ's years on earth. The silver coin is gilded and lacquered. Due to the holes in the coin, it can be worn as a necklace as well. A true masterpiece!
Obverse Design

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year of issue and the denomination of the coin.
Packaging

The World Heritage - Altar Cross silver coin is packaged inside an elegant, red wooden box. It is in a beautiful case, which is doing a great job in staging the remarkable coin. The Certificate of Authenticity is displayed on the inner packaging and matches the number on the coin.

Product Details

Data sheet

Year:
2015
Face Value:
2 Dollars
Metal:
Silver
Fineness:
999/1000
Weight
1oz - 31.1g
Size (mm):
47x40
Mintage:
999
Quality:
Brilliant Uncirculated
Certificate COA:
Yes
Presentation Case:
Yes
Country:
Niue Islands
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