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Magic of Christmas 500 CFA Francs .999 pure silver coin, proof.
Beautiful Christmas coin, a souvenir decorated with a cut-out in the shape of a Christmas tree. Obverse: Santa Claus with a sack full of gifts. Reverse: features a fragment of the 19th-century fresco by Austrian painter Karl von Blaas depicting the scene of Nativity of Jesus.
Mintage: only 999 pcs. worldwide. With box and COA.
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|Face Value :||500 CFA Francs|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||16.50 g|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Mintage :||Only 999 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The Christmas tree custom does not have a proven date of origin. However, it is presumed that approximately 500 years ago a tree was decorated in the Christmas season for the first time.
In 1982 a Christmas tree was erected on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the first time. It is regarded as a symbol of hope, vitality and loyalty.
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa (Santy in Hiberno-English), is a legendary figure of Western culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved ("good" or "nice") children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning hours of Christmas Day (25 December). The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra, the British figure of Father Christmas, the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas (himself based on Saint Nicholas), the German figure of the Christkind (a fabulized Christ Child), and the holidays of Twelfth Night and Epiphany and their associated figures of the Three Kings (based on the gift-giving Magi of the Nativity) and Befana. Some maintain Santa Claus also absorbed elements of the Germanic god Wodan, who was associated with the pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.
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