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Mineral Art VII - Hagia Sophia Istanbul $10 2oz pure silver and real piece of amber insert.
From Mineral Art series arrives this exquisite silver coin for collectors "Hagia Sophia", eighth in series. Quality: antique finish. Mintage: just 999 worldwide.
Each coin has a different amber insert, each coin is unique like Tiffany Art.
Included Certificate of Authencity.
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|Face Value :||10 Dollars|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver & a real piece of amber|
|Weight :||2 oz|
|Size :||50.00 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 999 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Mineral Art|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία Byzantine Greek [aˈʝia soˈfia]), "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire of Constantinople. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.
The current building was originally constructed as a church between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I and was the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site, the previous two having both been destroyed by rioters. It was designed by the Greek geometers Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles.
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