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2016 St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican Ultra High Relief Concave Silver Coin

The second coin in the 4 Layer Minting Series, the 2016 St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican High Relief Concave 3.22 Oz. silver coin, is now available on pre-order at First Coin Company (FCC). Use the discount code: ncr5peter for a special 5% discount (enter this code at the menu of your shopping cart by clicking EDIT).

2016 St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican High Relief Concave 3.22 Oz. silver coin side view

2016 St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican High Relief Concave 3.22 Oz. Silver Coin

This coin follows the highly successful release of the first coin in the series, namely the Cook Islands 2015 Temple of Heaven Silver Coin.

4 Layer Minting Technique – Depth or Low Relief 5 mm – Ultra High Relief

The ultra high relief, concave or dome-shaped silver coins in the 4 Layer Minting Series are minted using a relatively new, groundbreaking 4 layer minting technique. This 4 layer minting technique makes a depth or low relief of 5 mm with three-dimensional space (3d effect) possible.

The design is at the same time struck in ultra high relief. This is on the back of the concave shape of the coin and the special minting technique deployed.   

4 Layer Minting Technique – Cook Islands 2015 Temple of Heaven Silver Coin 

This coupled with antique finishes and great designs leave breathtaking coins, especially in large diameter. Each coin in the series has a 55 mm diameter – leaving ample space to bring the designs truly to life, especially in terms of the 3d effect.

I am of the opinion that this coupled with a high silver content (3.22 oz.) and low mintage (999 coins per issue) have contributed largely to the success of the series this far. I expect it to be no different this time around.

St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican – Old St. Peter’s Basilica – Circus of Nero

As the name suggests, the $20 Dollar 4 Layer High Relief St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican Cook Islands silver coin, features a part of the famous Italian Renaissance church – the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply: St. Peter’s Basilica.

St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Source of Image: Livemocka.com

This church – a remarkable example of Renaissance architecture and art – is located within the papal enclave in the Vatican City State, commonly referred to as the Vatican City, or simply: The Vatican. This walled state within Rome is the smallest state in the world – it consist of more or less 44 hectares and has a population of 842.

Michelangelo - Painter, Architect, Poet, Sculptor

Michelangelo – Painter, Architect, Poet, Sculptor

Source of Image: Biography.com

St. Peter’s Basilica – one of the largest churches in the world – was primarily designed by Carlo Maderno, Donato Bramante, Gain Lorenzo Bernini, and probably the most famous of them all: Michelangelo (see image above). The basilica has the largest interior space of any church ever built (15,160 m² or 163180.88 sq ft) – enough space for 60,000 people! This Italian Renaissance church dominates the skyline of Rome – the capital city of Italy (see image below). 

skyline of Rome, the capital city of Italy

Rome Skyline

Source of Image: Flickr.com

One can get to the top of the dome created by Michelangelo by taking 491 stairs (or about 320 stairs if you make use of the elevator). I got claustrophobic by merely watching the video below, especially the part where there is not enough space for a step railing; just enough space for a hanging rope to support oneself.

Climbing St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome, Rome

Source of Video: asafscher

Old St. Peter’s Basilica 1

Old St. Peter’s Basilica

Source of Image: Touristdreamed.blogspot.co.za

The Old St. Peter’s Basilica (see image above) was replaced by the existing one when the cornerstone of the latter was laid on April 18, 1506. The old building stood from the 4th to 16th centuries – it was built during the reign of Roman Emperor, Constantine I, over the historical site of the Circus of Nero. Despite these changes, it is known in Catholic tradition as: The House that Peter Built.

Circus of Nero

Circus of Nero – Christian martyrs last prayer

Source of Image: GlobalSecurity.org

The Circus of Nero (see image above) was the site of the first state-sponsored and organized martyrdoms: the persecution and killing of Christians in 65 A.D. This started after Nero Caesar (see image below), known as the “Beast of Rome” (also identified as the beast mentioned in the Book of Revelation), blamed the Christians for the burning of Rome in 64 A.D.

Nero Caesar

Nero Caesar – Emperor, Theater Actor, Poet

Source of Image: Biography.com 

As a point of interest, the name of the best-selling burning software called: Nero Burning ROM (see image below)… points to that part of history. It adds to speculation that Nero ordered the burning of Rome himself in order to blame the Christians – was it a false flag event?

nero Burning ROM

Nero Burning ROM – Burning Software

Source of Image: Hit2k.com

St. Peter’s Basilica, described as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom” and “holding a unique position in the Christian world,” is traditionally seen as the burial site of Saint Peter – the first pope and one of Christ’s 12 Apostles or Ambassadors.

Vaticano – St. Peter’s Basilica

Source of Video: EWTN

It is said to contain the tombs of a 100+ people, including no less than 91 popes. It also houses the tomb of Queen Christiana of Sweden – who abdicated her throne to convert to Catholicism. It is also the last resting place of Holy Roman Emperor, Otto II, called the Red.

The above and more, despite not being the mother church of the Catholic Church, makes it one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world. In addition, contrary to popular belief, it is not a cathedral of the Diocese of Rome or even a cathedral at all – it is not the seat of a bishop – a requirement for it to be a cathedral.

2016 Cook Islands 100 gram St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican 4-Layer Coin – Reverse

2016 Cook Islands 100 gram St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican 4-Layer Coin - Reverse

2016 Cook Islands 100 gram St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican 4-Layer Coin – Reverse

A prominent feature of the church is the impressive ceiling of its dome or lantern as featured on the reverse of the Cook Islands 2016 Saint Peter’s Basilica silver coin. It is brought stunningly to life through a relatively new and groundbreaking 4 layer minting technique as mentioned above.

The three dimensional or 3d effect it creates is truly breathtaking. Photos of course don’t do it justice – it is one of those coins that is best experienced with coin and magnifying glass in hand.

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica

Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Source of Image: NeelyWang.com

The following inscription can be found on the reverse of this 2016 ultra high relief, antiqued finish silver coin:

“TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM. TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM.”

This very same inscription can be found on the inside of the real life dome in letters 6.6 ft (2 meters) high. Translated it refers to the following as contained in the Vulgate translation of the Bible in Matthew 16:18–19:

“…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. … I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…”

[Food for thought: Did Jesus Christ not perhaps refer to Himself? Is He not the Cornerstone that His Church would be built upon?]

However, probably due to a lack of space, the following inscription that can be found below the lantern in real life, don’t seem to be included on the coin itself:

“S. PETRI GLORIAE SIXTVS PP. V. A. M. D. XC. PONTIF. V.”

[Translated: “To the glory of St Peter; Sixtus V, pope, in the year 1590, the fifth of his pontificate.”]

Other inscriptions on the reverse of the St. Peter’s Basilica 2016 Cook $20 4 Layer Technique .999 Silver (3.22 Oz) coin include “St. Peter’s Basilica” and the year of issue, namely “2016.”

St. Peter’s Basilica 4 Layer Silver Coin $20 Cook Islands 2016 – Obverse

2016 Saint Peter’s Basilica Silver Coin - Obverse

2016 Saint Peter’s Basilica Silver Coin – Obverse

The obverse features a side portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, as done by famous British sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initials (“IRB”) is inscribed on the reverse of the coin along with the following inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” (the ruling monarch), “20 DOLLARS” (NZD) and “Cook Islands” (the issuing authority or country of this coin).

Packaging and CoA 

This low mintage, concave or dome-shaped coin comes seated within an impressive and stylish Vatican book style case (see image below). In addition, each coin comes packaged with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

Cook Islands $20 2016 4-layer Silver 100 grams St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican Coin

Availability

This 2016 Saint Peter’s Basilica silver coin, which is legal tender in the Cook Islands, will only be available for delivery in April this year (2016). However, the coin is currently on pre-sale at First Coin Company (FCC) – a great opportunity to secure one or more and lock in the price.

Enjoy a special 5% discount when you use the discount code: ncr5peter at FCC (enter this code at the menu of your shopping cart by clicking EDIT).

Why should you be interested in the Cook Islands $20 2016 4-layer Silver 100 grams St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican Coin?

  • 3D Effect: The reverse of this coin features the ceiling of the St. Peter’s Basilica at 4 different depths, leaving an impressive 3d effect.  
  • Second Coin in Series: It is the second coin in the popular 4 Layer Minting Series and/or 4-Layer Coin Series. The first coin in the series, the Cook Islands 2015 Temple of Heaven Silver Coin, did very well. It is now listed at a price of $449.99, compared to a starting price of $299.90.
  • Low Mintage: A maximum of 999 of these coins will be minted and distributed worldwide. In my opinion, the maximum mintage is high enough to make the series accessible to more than one collector, yet low enough not to flood the market with these highly collectible silver coins.
  • High Face Value: The coin has a relatively high face value of “20 Dollars” (NZD) – roughly the equivalent of 13 US Dollars (USD) and change. It is legal tender of the Cook Islands – an island country in the South Pacific Ocean.
  • Concave or Dome-Shaped: The coin is sure to be a hit among collectors of concave or dome-shaped coins, especially considering its 5 mm depth and the 3d effect as mentioned above.
  • Antique Finish: The coin comes in an antique finish. This is the result of special treatment, leaving the coin with the appearance of an old, treasured coin – something that is highly sought after in the marketplace.
  • High Silver Content: This .999 fine solid silver coin comes packed with 3.22 oz. or 100 grams of silver. This creates a protective value floor beyond the collector’s value of the coin.
  • Large Diameter: The coin has a diameter of 55 mm (2.16535 in) – making it over 35% bigger than the popular American Silver Eagle. The latter has a diameter of 40.6 mm (1.598 in). The large diameter leaves more space to appreciate the beauty of the design, especially the finer details on the coin.
  • Ultra High and Low Relief: 5 mm lowest/highest relief on the back of a relatively new, groundbreaking 4 layer minting technique used. This technique creates a stunning 3d effect.
  • Book Style Packaging: Each coin comes seated within a stylish Vatican book style case and/or box. It can be stored away like a book or kept in a prominent spot as a display piece. It can even be used as a secret book safe.
  • Individually Numbered CoA: Each coin comes with its very own individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).
  • Historical Christian Connection: The connection goes far beyond the modern day Catholic Church. E.g. the St. Peter’s Basilica was built on the historical site of the Circus of Nero – the site of the first state-sponsored and organized martyrdoms of Christians.
  • Perfect Gift: This coin makes the perfect gift to those who have a passion and appreciation for art, architecture and history. Christians in general, and those who collect concave or dome-shaped shape coins, should find it an interesting and appealing gift and welcome addition to their collections.
  • 5% Discount: Orders yours from First Coin Company (FCC) and enjoy a special 5% discount when you use the discount code: ncr5peter (enter this code at the menu of your shopping cart by clicking EDIT).

The price offered by FCC, includes local and international shipping. They will also refund any Customs charges that may apply. The current price is at $299.90, but will increase as the demand for the coin increases. The system was designed by FCC to reward the “early birds” among us. This makes it important to lock in the starting price by placing your pre-order today.

Specs

Metal: 3.22 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver

Finish: Antique

Diameter: 55 mm

Weight: 100 grams

Edge: Reeded

Denomination (NZD): $20

Year of Issue: 2016

Mintage: 999

Country of Issue: Cook Islands

This highly collectible, low mintage, antique finish, ultra high relief, concave and solid silver coin with 3d effect doesn’t come cheap – and with good reason!