COINS OF THE POPES
1933-1934 HOLY YEAR JUBILEE
Pope Pius XI declared 1933-1934 to be a Holy Year, or Jubilee, in
memory of the 1900th anniversary of the death of Jesus. A
Holy Year is a special time for reconciliation and the pardon of
sins. It is often celebrated with pilgrimages to Rome or
other sites. The tradition dates back to the ancient Hebrew custom of
Jubilee mentioned in Leviticus 25:10 and has been celebrated regularly
in the Catholic Church since 1300. This Vatican 50 Centesimi
and 1 Lire were issued for the Jubilee. The coins bear the
dual date of “1933 1934”. Both coins have the arms of Pope
Pius XI on the obverse. The 24mm 50 Centesimi depicts
Archangel Michael on the reverse. The 27mm 1 Lire features the Virgin
Mary standing on a globe and crescent. Both coins are nickel and have a
mintage of only 80,000 each.
VA-JUB33 VATICAN 50 CENTESIMI & 1
JUBILEE KM14 & KM15 VF-XF
COINS OF POPE PIUS XII
Pius XII was elected Pope on March 2, 1939. His first coins
were released later that year. In August, Germany invaded
Poland, triggering World War II. The 4 coin set
includes the 50 Centesimi, 1, 2 and 5 Lire, all dated 1939.
The coat-of-arms of Pope Pius XI, which includes a dove for peace, are
on the obverse of the nickel 50 Centesimi, 1 and 2 Lire coins, while
his portrait is on obverse of the silver 5 Lire. The 50
Centesimi has a mintage of only 52,000 pieces and depicts Archangel
Michael on the reverse. The 1 Lire features the Virgin Mary
standing on a globe and crescent on the reverse and has a mintage of
70,000 pieces. The 2 Lire depicts a shepherd carrying a lamb
on his shoulders and has a mintage of only 40,000
pieces. The silver 5 Lire portrays
St.Peter in a boat on the reverse and has a mintage of 100,000
pieces. The 1 Lire grades AU-Unc. The other coins
are BU. It is an historic set, issued just as World War II
VA-SET39 VATICAN 4 COIN SET: 50
CENTESIMI-5 LIRE 1939
PORTRAIT COINS 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
JOHN XXIII OPENS VATICAN II COUNCIL
after being elected Pope, John XXIII called the Second Ecumenical
Council, commonly known as the Second Vatican Council or Vatican
II. It modernized many aspects of the Roman Catholic Church
and the Mass. The Vatican issued the stainless steel 100 Lire
in 1962 to commemorate the opening of the Council. The
27.75mm coin features Pope John XXII on the obverse. The reverse
depicts the Pope and Bishops gathered beneath a radiant dove on the
VA-VAT2 VATICAN 100 LIRE 1962, VATICAN II
COUNCIL KM73 UNC. $6.00
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-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-SET73 VATICAN 1973 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS77) UNC.
VA-SET74 VATICAN 1974 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS78) UNC.
VA-SET75 VATICAN 1975 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS79) 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. The 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
Lire have an unusual incuse design rather than the raised
design. The 29mm 500 Lire is struck in .835 fine silver and
weighs 11 grams. The obverses of the coins all feature the
arms of Pope Paul VI. Two different coin sets were issued
with the coins commemorating the event: an eight coin set that includes
all the denominations, and a five coin set that includes the 5, 10, 20,
50 and 100 Lire. Both are attractive sets that were
was minted only a single year.
VA-8HOLY75 VATICAN 1975 8 COIN HOLY YEAR MINT
SET: 1 -
500 LIRE, (KM-MS80) UNC.
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
SAINT JOHN PAUL II VATICAN 5
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 5 coin set
from the Vatican includes the 20, 50, 100, 200 and bi-metallic 500 Lire
all depicting the bust of John Paul II. Coins date from the
1980’s and have various reverse designs. All five coins are
VA-JP2 VATICAN JOHN PAUL II 5 COIN SET 20
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
2014 FALL OF BERLIN WALL 2
2014 Vatican commemorative 2 Euro coin honors the 25th Anniversary of
teh fall of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years the border strip
was strictly patrolled, dividing the city and dividing families.
During this period around 5000 people attempted to escape
over the wall to West Berlin, with over a hundred losing their lives in
attempt. On the night of November 9th through 10th, 1989, the
barrier was suddenly opened. Thousands of East Germans poured
into West Berlin and massive celebrations here held. Within
less than a year Germany was formally reunified as one nation.
has the standard 2 Euros design. The coin comes in its official blue
holder and has a mintage of 94,000.
VA-2E14 VATICAN 2 EUROS 2014 FALL OF BERLIN
VATICAN CANONIZATION MEDAL
Vatican issued this official medal to commemorate the recent
of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II by Pope Francis. The
high relief 35mm bronze medal features the conjoined busts of John Paul
John XXIII on the obverse, and the arms of Pope Francis on the reverse.
The medal comes in a display
box with a certificate of authenticity. Only 30,000 bronze
medals were issued. Given the reputation of
two Popes, I expect these will be a popular item.
VA-AEMEDAL VATICAN BRONZE CANONIZATION MEDAL,
POPE FRANCIS 2015
VATICAN 50 EUROCENT
Vatican 2015 50 Eurocent of Pope Francis depicts the Pope on the
obverse. The standard Euro reverse depicts a map showing the
members of the European Union. Because the Vatican is allowed
to only issue a very limited number of Euro coins, coins of Pope
Francis are difficult to find.
VA-FRANCIS VATICAN 50 EUROCENT 2015 UNC. $12.00
PAPAL COINS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
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
Franc coins to commemorate a visit that Pope John Paul II made to their
country. Well, actually they issued them to make money from
collectors. Each coin pictures the Pope and lists the date of
his visit The Central 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 KM32
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4500 FRANCS
2007 PAPAL VISIT KM13 UNC.
CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM28 UNC. $25.00
CONGO REP. 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM49
GABON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM17 UNC
SET OF ABOVE FIVE 4500 FRANC COINS, 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