Italy celebrates 900th Anniversary of the Cathedral of Pisa

May 31, 2018 – This year marks the 900th Anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of Pisa. To celebrate this, the Italian Mint issues a special 5-Euro-Coin portraying the Baptistery, the Leaning Tower and Pisa Medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The coin is part of Poligrafico e Zecca’s 2018 coin program.

Italy / 5 euro / .925 silver / 18g / 32mm / Design: Annalisa Masini / Mintage: 4,000.Italy / 5 euro / .925 silver / 18g / 32mm / Design: Annalisa Masini / Mintage: 4,000.

Italy / 5 euro / .925 silver / 18g / 32mm / Design: Annalisa Masini / Mintage: 4,000.

The coin’s obverse presents a picture of piazza dei Miracoli with the Baptistery, the Leaning Tower and Pisa Medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. At the base of the Leaning Tower, the name of the designer, “A. MASINI,” is displayed; around, one can read the inscription “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”. The coin’s reverse shows details from Pisa Cathedral flanked by a bronze tile from the Cathedral’s Door of Saint Ranieri by Bonanno Pisano. Above, one can read the dates “1118 2018”, the year of the Cathedral’s consecration and that of the coin’s issue respectively; in exergue, the value “5 EURO” is displayed; around, there’s an inscription saying “CONSACRAZIONE DEL DUOMO DI PISA”.

Piazza dei Miracoli with Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. Photo: © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC BY-SA 3.0

Piazza dei Miracoli with Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. Photo: © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Pisa, together with the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, bears witness to the prestige achieved by the city as one of the most important Maritime Republics. Architect Buscheto started building this masterpiece of Pisan Romanesque architecture in 1063 as an extraordinarily harmonious combination of classical, Gothic, Lombard-Emilian, Byzantine and Islamic elements. The Cathedral rises in the centre of the piazza dei Miracoli which is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.

For further information on the coin, visit Poligrafico e Zecca’s official site and their YouTube-Channel.

Furthermore, you might want to visit the cathedral’s official site.

In this video you can take a trip to the cathedral and the Leaning Tower.

Many information on the Piazza dei Miracoli and the cathedral offers this website.

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