This is one of the most innovative and visually stunning coins we've come across in a long time! The 2016 Cook Islands $20 St. Peter's Basilica 4-Layer Silver Coin features a fantastic four-layer minting technique to create a three-dimensional dome effect in the design. Struck from .999 fine silver, these antique finish coins are limited to a worldwide mintage of only 999 coins! Each coin contains a total of 100 grams (3.215 troy ounces) of pure silver and is accompanied by its original display box and certificate of authenticity. Issued by the Cook Islands, these coins have a legal tender face value of 20 Dollars.
The reverse design shows a majestic view of the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica, located in the Vatican. The concave depth of the basilica's dome appears at the center of the design, surrounded by Latin inscriptions, while detailed and ornate decorations fill the rest of the design. The year-date "2016" is found at the bottom rim while the legend "St. Peter's Basilica" is inscribed at the top rim. The antique finish gives the coin a classical artistic atmosphere that matches the sculpture-like quality of the piece.
The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. The artist's initials "IRB" are found just beneath the truncation at Her Majesty's neck. Around the outer rim, the Queen's name "ELIZABETH II," the issuing nation "COOK ISLANDS," and the denomination "20 DOLLARS" are inscribed. The edge is reeded an the coin measures an impressive 55 mm across.
St. Peter's Basilica was built upon the site where the apostle Peter was believed to be crucified and buried. The world-famous structure was commissioned by Roman Emperor Constantine during the 4th century C.E. and was rebuilt by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists during the 16th century. These coins do this magnificent architectural marvel justice with its four-layer design and 3.215 troy ounces of fine silver content in a legal tender coin. Get yours at Gainesville Coins before they're gone, as the low mintage of just 999 coins makes them sought-after collectibles!