COINS OF THE POPES
WORLD WAR II COINS OF THE VATICAN
During World War II the Vatican was in a difficult position, torn
between its Christian duties and the need to cooperate with Fascist
Italy which granted the Vatican its independence in 1929. We
are pleased to offer the following coins of the Vatican struck during
these difficult war years. The 1941 50 Centesimi depicts
Archangel Michael drawing his sword. The 1941 1 Lira depicts
the Virgin Mary standing on the globe and a crescent moon.
The 1942 2 Lire features Justice seated holding a scale and the tablet
of law. The obverses of all three coins have the Papal Arms
of Pius XII which feature a dove holding an olive branch. The
coins are struck in stainless steel.
VA-SET2 VATICAN 50 CENTESIMI & 1 LIRA 1941,
KM25a & KM26a AU-UNC.
VA-2L-42 VATICAN 2 LIRE 1942 KM36
OF POPE PIUS XII
Most of the coins of Pope Pius XII bear his Papal arms rather than his
portrait his portrait. These two have is
portrait. The silver 1940 5 Lire depicts Pius XII
on the obverse and Saint Peter in a boat on the reverse. The
23mm coin is struck in .835 silver, weighs 5 grams and has a mintage of
100,000. The coin is Uncirculated, though may be slightly
toned. The 27.75mm Stainless Steel 100 Lire was issued from
1955 until the Pope’s death in 1958. The obverse depicts the
Pope in his vestments. The reverse features Fides (Faith)
carrying a cross.
VA-5L-40 VATICAN SILVER 5 LIRE 1940 KM28
VA-PIUS100L VATICAN 100 LIRE 1955-58 KM55
POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII COIN
Pope John XXIII reigned only from 1958 to 1963, yet he was one of the
most beloved and influential of the modern Popes. He started the Second
Vatican Council which implemented many reforms of the Church. In 2014
he was canonized a Saint. This 27.75mm stainless
Vatican 100 Lire of John XXIII depicts the Pope on one side and Fides
(faith) holding a cross on the other.
VA-JOHN VATICAN 100 LIRE, JOHN XXIII
1959-62, KM64 XF
MINT SETS OF
POPE PAUL VI
We are pleased to offer these official Vatican Mint Sets of Pope Paul
VI in their original holders. The sets date from 1971 to 1976
and include the silver 500 Lire. The sets all feature the
same designs. One side of the coins
features the Papal arms. The other side features a design
with religious symbolism. The 1 Lire features palm
branches. The 2 Lire pictures a lamb. The 5 Lire
shows a Pelican feeding its young with its blood. The 10 Lire
pictures fish. The 20 Lire depicts a red deer
Olive branches are on the 50 Lire. A dove in flight carrying
an olive branch is on the 100 Lire. The silver 500 Lire depicts wheat
and grapes. The coins are all
however some may be slightly toned.
VA-SET-ANY VATICAN 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, Year of Joel's choice UNC.
VA-SET70 VATICAN 1970 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS74) UNC.
VA-SET71 VATICAN 1971 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS75) UNC.
VA-SET72 VATICAN 1972 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS76) UNC.
VA-SET74 VATICAN 1974 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS78) UNC.
VA-SET76 VATICAN 1976 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS81) UNC.
1975 HOLY YEAR COIN SETS
Every 25 years and for special occasions, the Pope declares a Jubilee
or Holy Year. It is a special year for reconciliation and the
pardon of sins. It is often celebrated with pilgrimages to
Rome or other sites. The tradition dates back to an ancient Hebrew
custom of Jubilee mentioned in Leviticus 25:10 and has been celebrated
regularly in the Catholic Church since 1300. Special coins
were minted for the 1975 Jubilee, utilizing designs unique to the year
featuring biblical stories on the reverse and the Papal Arms on the
obverse. This 1975 Holy Year set includes the set
includes the 5, 10,
50 and 100 Lirein Uncirculated condition. in itts official
VA-5HOLY75 VATICAN 1975 5 COIN HOLY YEAR MINT
SET: 5 -
100 LIRE, (KM-MSA80) BU
COIN OF POPE PAUL VI
Paul VI reigned from 1963 to 1978. He implemented many of the
reforms of the Second Vatican Council and was the first Pope to leave
Italy since 1809. This Uncirculated 27.75mm stainless steel
Vatican 100 Lire of Pope Paul VI depicts the Papal Arms on one side and
a dove in flight holding an olive branch on the other. The
was issued from 1970 to 1977.
VA-PAUL VATICAN 100 LIRE, PAUL VI, 1970-77
OF SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II
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These attractive Vatican mint sets of Saint Pope John Paul II includes
the silver 1000 Lire, bi-metallic 500 Lire, aluminum-bronze 200 and 20
Lire, stainless steel 100 and 50 Lire and aluminum 10 Lire.
The reverse designs of the coins were changed every year, and each year
has a different portrait of Pope John Paul II on the obverse.
VA-SET82 VATICAN 1982 7 COIN MINT SET: 10 -
1000 LIRE, (KM-MS87) UNC.
VA-SET83 VATICAN 1983 7 COIN MINT SET: 10 -
1000 LIRE, (KM-MS88) UNC.
VA-SET84 VATICAN 1984 7 COIN MINT SET: 10 -
1000 LIRE, (KM-MS89) UNC.
SAINT JOHN PAUL II VATICAN 6
John Paul II was the first non-Italian Pope since 1523. The
Polish Pope was one of the most widely traveled leaders in history,
visiting 129 nations during his pontificate. He reigned from 1978 to
2005. The beloved Pope was canonized in 2014. This 6 coin set
from the Vatican includes the 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and bi-metallic 500
all depicting the bust of John Paul II. Coins date from the
1980’s and have various reverse designs. All six coins are
VA-SET-JP2 VATICAN JOHN PAUL II 6 COIN SET
2013 RIO WORLD YOUTH DAY 2
Vatican issued this 2013 dated bi-metallic 2 Euros coin to
commemorate World Youth Day held in Rio de Janeiro in July
2013. The week-long event brought over 3 million
attendees from throughout the world. The coin features youth
gathered within the embrcing arms of Christ. The reverse
has the standard 2 Euros design. The coin comes in its official green
holder and has a mintage of only 94,000.
VA-2E13 VATICAN 2 EUROS 2013 RIO YOUTH DAY
IN FOLDER BU
PAPAL COINS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
2019 PAPAL VISIT COMMEMORATIVE
issued this commemorative 2019 50 Bani coin to commemorate Pope
Francis's historic visit to this primarily Orthodox nation from May 31
to June 2, 2019. One side of the coin depicts images of the
where celebrations were held and names of the cities in which they are
located: St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bucharest,
Marian Shrine in
Sumuleu-Ciuc, Holy Trinity Cathedral in Blaj and, Our Lady Queen of
Iasi Cathedral in Iasi. The Pope, his Papal Arms and the
dates of the
visit are on the other side. The 23.75mm nickel-brass coin
lettered edge. It has a mintage of 1 million pieces.
RO-POPE ROMANIA 50 BANI 2019 PAPAL VISIT, BU
THE LIFE OF THEIR POPE
Poland issued this 2 Zlote coin in 2005 shortly after the death of Pope
John Paul II. The Polish born Pope was the first the first
non-Italian Pope since 1523. One side depicts the
Pope ith an outline
of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome in the background. The other
side features a stylized Polish Eagle. The 27mm coin is
struck in a brass alloy called "Nordic Gold".
POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2005
POPE JOHN PAUL II, KM525 BU
TRI-METALLIC COIN OF
TERRITORIES HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II
Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 is commemorated on this 2011
tri-metallic 10 Dollar coin issued for the Antarctic Territories.
One side of the 27mm coin pictures the Pope. The
side shows a map of Antarctica. There is a certain irony in
a coin being issued honoring the Pope by the only continent that
the Pope never visited.
ANTARCTIC-POPE ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES
DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50
COIN OF MARIE
BYRD LAND HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II
of its remoteness in
Antarctica, most of Marie Byrd Land has not been claimed by any
sovereign nation, though it has been claimed by various
micro-nations such as Westarctica.
was named by explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1929 after his
wife. I am sure she deserved it for putting up with his
numerous explorations and adventures. In 2011 a trimetallic
10 Dollar was issued for this remote area. One side of the 27mm
coin pictures Pope John Paul II and commemorates his
beatification on May 1, 2011 The other side shows a map of
the territory and a penguin.
MARIE BYRD LAND TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC.
OF MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF
DNIESTR FEATURES POPE JOHN PAUL II
unofficial bi-metallic 100 Ruble coin picturing Pope John Paul II was
issued for The Moldavian Republic of Dniestr, also known as
Transniestria or Transdniestra. The national arm featuring a hammer and
sickle and a star is on the back of the 2011 dated coin. The
small, communist state bordering the Dniester river declared
independence from Moldova in 1990. Though its independence is
widely recognized, it operates as a sovereign nation. The
coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces and is Uncirculated.
TNS-100R MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF
DNIESTR 100 ROUBLES 2011 POPE JOHN PAUL II, UNC.
BY POPE JOHN PAUL II
In 2007 five African nations: Cameroons, Central African
Republic, Chad, Congo Republic and Gabon, each issued a bi-metallic
4500 Franc coins to commemorate a visit that Pope John Paul II made to
their country. The coins were made by the Africa Mint, which
questionable authority to issue the coins. The coins have a
mintage of only 2007 pieces of each coin. Due to a fortunate
purchase we are able to offer these scarce coins far below their
original issue price of 50 Euros ($60) each. Each coin
the Pope and lists the date of his visit The
African Republic and Congo issues also show an airplane, while the Chad
issue also shows the Popemobile. The reverse of the coins all
show a map of Africa and an elephant head. Because these nations use
the common currency of the Central African Monetary Union they issue
few coins of their own.
CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X32
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4500 FRANCS
2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X13 UNC.
CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X28 UNC. $20.00
CONGO REP. 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X49
GABON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT Br.X17 UNC
SET OF ABOVE FIVE 4500 FRANC COINS, 2007 UNC.
HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II
am not sure why a good Muslim nation like Somalia would honor Pope
John Paul II. Anyway, in 2004 Somalia issued a set of three
38.7mm copper-nickel 25 Shilling coins titled "THE LIFE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
The coins depict the Pope at a window in the Vatican, the Popemobile
and the Pope with Mother Teresa. The Arms of the Somali
Republic is on the reverse of each coin. It is an
interesting set of crown-sized Pope coins at a reasonable price.
SO-POPE3 SOMALIA SET OF THREE 25
HONORS POPE BENEDICT ON BI-METALLIC COIN
issued this bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin shortly after the ascension of
Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. The coin features a terrible,
portrait of Pope Benedict XVI. It makes the Pope
a vampire. A map of Africa and an elephant's head
is on the
CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2005 BENEDICT