Italian Mint remembers Cathedral of Pisa consecration
- Published: May 14, 2018, 1 PM
The Italian State Mint has issued a €5 coin honoring the anniversary of the consecration of the Medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Also known as the Cathedral of Pisa, the stunning house of worship was declared sacred in 1118 by Pope Gelasius II.
The cathedral is located in Pisa, Italy, alongside the Baptistery and the city’s famous Leaning Tower, in the center of the Piazza dei Miracoli, which is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. Architect Buscheto began building the church in 1063 with a combination of classical, Gothic, Lombard-Emilian, Byzantine, and Islamic elements.
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The coin was designed by Annalisa Masini. Its reverse shows the cathedral and a scene from a bronze tile from the Cathedral’s Door of Saint Ranieri by Bonanno Pisano. It includes the date of the cathedral’s consecration (1118) and the date of the coin’s issue (2018). The obverse shows an aerial view of Piazza dei Miracoli with the Pisa Baptistery, the Leaning Tower and the cathedral. The name of the coin’s designer A. MASINI is included at the base of the tower.
The Proof .925 silver €5 coin weighs 18 grams, measures 32 millimeters in diameter, and has a mintage limit of 4,000 pieces. The coin is priced at €43. For more information, visit the Italian State Mint’s website.
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