Cross with the Relics of Saint John the Baptist - 1,000 dram 2016 - #189


Title

Cross with the Relics of Saint John the Baptist - 1,000 dram 2016 - #189

Subject

Cross with the Relics of Saint John the Baptist

Date

2016

Denomination

1,000 dram

Metal

Silver .925

Parameters

25.0g 27x47mm

Edge

Reeded

Condition

Proof

Mintage

up to 2,500 pcs.

Mint

Mayer Mint, Germany

Notes

St John the Baptist was a prophet who led an ascetic life. He baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River and was honored as one of the greatest saints of the Christian Church. According to legend, St Gregory the Illuminator brought parts of the relics of St John the Baptist to Armenia from Caesarea. In the 14th century the saint’s relics were kept in a silver cross-shaped reliquary made in Adana (Cilician Armenia). The reliquary was renovated in 1670. It represents a gilded cross worked in jewels. St John the Baptist’s hand is depicted on the surface of a rectangular reliquary in the center of the cross. The Cross with the Relics of St John the Baptist is a brilliant example of metal craftsmanship as well as evidence of sacrament imbued with holiness.

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