Christ Pantokrator: This convex shaped silver proof coin is dedicated to the “Orthodox Shrines”. “Pantokrator” is the Greek word meaning “Ruler of All”, and many icons are modeled after this original. Christ is traditionally shown with a short beard and long dark hair parted in the middle, holding a jewel-studded book of the gospels in his left arm and blessing us with his right hand. Three fingers touch, representing his divinity, and two fingers are up, to symbolize that he is fully God and fully man, the forefinger bent for his incarnation. The Saviour has a serious and intend look, like the “King of All” looking upon his people. His face is not symmetrical, but has a look of dignity and calmness on one side and a different look of, arching of the eyebrows causing enlivenment, on the other. These dissimilar but complimentary impressions strike a harmony between the divine and human nature of Christ. Worked in an encaustic or wax-melting technique, this great treasure from the sixth century is one of the earliest icons of Christ still in existence. It is one of the famous icons at St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai preserved by ideal climate and in the lack of the 8th and 9th century’s iconoclastic persecution in that area.
- Metal: 999 Fine Silver (Gilded)
- Finish: Proof/Coloured Edgeless Print
- Edge: Flat – convex shaped
- Year of Issue: 2012
- Mintage: 3000
- Size: 27 x 47 mm each
- Weight: 1oz – 31.1g
The reverse depicts the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The character is designed to match the original icon at St. Catherine’s Monastery and offsets itself against the reflecting silver proof background. The face and hands are coloured, while the rest of the icon is depicted in white.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin is packaged inside an elegant and rich wooden box. It is in a beautiful case, that itself is a perfect stage to this remarkable coin. You will also find encapsuled stones of the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the box. The Certificate of Authenticity is displayed on the inner packaging.