Codex Aureus Escorialensis ~ 1046

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     The Codex Aureus was made in 1046 a.d. in the Benedictine Abbey of Echternach. It was written in Carolingian minuscule on 171 sheets of parchment, and was lavishly decorated and illuminated.
     In 1983 two stamps were issued which show two miniatures from the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the first, the traveler is attacked by thieves.

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     In the second, he has been rescued by the Good Samaritan.

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     The codex is preserved in the Monastery of Escorial, and in 2001 it was displayed during a State visit by the Grand Dukes of Luxembourg to Spain