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COINS OF THE POPES


VATICAN COINS:

NEWPOPE PIUS XII VATICAN COIN SET

Vatican 1, 2, 5, 10 & 100 Lire of Pope Pius XXII, 1951-1958This 5 coin set of Pope Pius XII includes the aluminum 1, 2, 5 and 10 Lire and the stainless steel 100 Lire.  The 1 and 2 Lire feature the Papal Arms on the obverse and are Uncirculated.  The 5, 10, and 100 Lire depict Pius XII and grade VF or better.  The reverses depict allegorical figures: Temperance on the 1 Lire, Fortitude on the 2 Lire, Justice on the 5 Lire, Prudence on the 10 Lire and Faith on the 100 Lire. The coins date from 1951 to 1958.
Item VA-PIUS VATICAN 5 COIN SET 1-100 LIRE PIUS XII 1951-58 VF-UNC. $13.50


NEWVATICAN POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII COIN

Vatican 100 Lire, John XXIII KM64 1959-1962Though Pope John XXIII reigned only from 1958 to 1963, he started the Second Vatican Council which implemented many reforms of the Church. In 2014 he was canonized a Saint.  This 27.75mm stainless steel Vatican 100 Lire of John XXIII depicts the Pope on one side and Fides (faith) holding a cross on the other.  
Item VA-JOHN VATICAN 100 LIRE, JOHN XXIII 1959-62, KM64 XF $5.00


POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII OPENS VATICAN II COUNCIL Restocked

Vatican 100 Lire 1962 KM73 Pope John XXIII / 2nd Vatican CouncilShortly 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 reverse.
Item VA-VAT2 VATICAN 100 LIRE 1962, VATICAN II COUNCIL KM73 UNC. $6.50


NEWOFFICIAL VATICAN MINT SETS OF POPE PAUL VI

Vatican 8 coin Mint set of Pope Paul IVVatican Mint Set of Pope Paul IVVatican 500 Lire 1977 KM132 and 50 Lire 1977 YA121
We are pleased to offer these official Vatican Mint Sets of Pope Paul VI in their original holders.  The sets date from 1970 to 1977 and include the silver 500 Lire.  Except for the 1977 50 and 500 Lire, the coins all have 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 drinking.  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 reverse of 1977 50 Lire features wheat and grapes, symbolizing the Eucharist.  The reverse silver 1977 500 Lire  depicts the symbols of the four evangelists: An ox for Matthew, a Lion for Mark, an angel for Matthew and an Eagle for John. The 1977 50 and 500 Lire were issued only that single year. Both have the Papal arms on the obverse. The coins are all Uncirculated, however some may be slightly toned.
Item VA-SET70 VATICAN 1970 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS74) UNC. $21.00
Item VA-SET72 VATICAN 1972 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS76) UNC. $19.75
Item VA-SET73 VATICAN 1973 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS77) UNC. $18.50
Item VA-SET74 VATICAN 1974 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS78) UNC. $19.75
Item VA-SET75 VATICAN 1975 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS79) UNC. $19.75
Item VA-SET76 VATICAN 1976 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS81) UNC. $19.75
Item VA-SET77 VATICAN 1977 8 COIN MINT SET: 1 - 500 LIRE, (KM-MS82) UNC. $23.00


NEWVATICAN COIN OF POPE PAUL VI

Vatican 100 Lire Paul VI, KM122, 1970-1977Pope 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 coin was issued from 1970 to 1977.
Item VA-PAUL VATICAN 100 LIRE, PAUL VI, 1970-77 KM122 UNC. $3.50


NEWPOPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II VATICAN 5 COIN SET

Vatican Pope John Paul II 5 coin set: 20 - 500 Lire
Pope 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 Uncirculated.
Item VA-JP2 VATICAN JOHN PAUL II 5 COIN SET 20 LIRE -500 LIRE, UNC. $24.00


NEWPOPE FRANCIS 2015 VATICAN 50 EUROCENT

Vatican 50 Eurocent 2015This 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.
Item VA-FRANCIS VATICAN 50 EUROCENT 2015 UNC. $9.00



VATICAN 2013 RIO WORLD YOUTH DAY 2 EUROS

Vatican 2 Euros World Youth Day, 2013, Rio de JanieroThe 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. 
Item VA-2E13 VATICAN 2 EUROS 2013 RIO YOUTH DAY IN FOLDER BU $49.50


VATICAN 2014 FALL OF BERLIN WALL 2 EURO

Vatican 2 Euros 2014 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin WallThe 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 the 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.  The reverse has the standard 2 Euros design. The coin comes in its official blue holder and has a mintage of 94,000. 
Item VA-2E14 VATICAN 2 EUROS 2014 FALL OF BERLIN WALL IN FOLDER BU $49.50


OFFICIAL VATICAN CANONIZATION MEDAL

Official 2014 Vatican canonization medal for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul IIThe Vatican issued an official medal to commemorate the recent canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II by Pope Francis. The high relief 35mm medal bronze features the conjoined busts of John Paul II and 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 the two Popes, I expect these will be a popular item.
Item VA-AEMEDAL VATICAN BRONZE CANONIZATION MEDAL, 2014 $55.00


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PAPAL COINS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

SCARCE POLISH POPE JOHN PAUL II SILVER COIN AT A VERY SPECIAL PRICE

Poland 10,000 Zlotych 1988 Pope John Paul IITo celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II, Poland issued this 1988 silver Proof 10,000 Zlotych coin.  The coin depicts the Pope in a contemplative position; with his chin is resting on his thumbs.  The Polish eagle is on the obverse.  The coin is 32mm in diameter and contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  The coin has a catalog value of $750.00, however we offer this scarce and popular silver coin featuring the beloved Pope for substantially less.   The coin comes in a plastic case
Item PL-POPE88 POLAND 10,000 ZLOTYCH 1988 POPE JOHN PAUL II KM177a SILVER PROOF $299.00


NEWPOLAND HONORS THE LIFE OF THEIR POPE

Poland 2 Zlote 2005 Pope John Paul II 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".
Item PL-2Z-POPE05 POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2005 POPE JOHN PAUL II,  KM525 BU $4.00


TRI-METALLIC COIN OF ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II 

Antarctic Territories 10 Dollar coin commemorates the beatification of Pope John Paul IIThe beatification of 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 other 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.
Item ANTARCTIC-POPE ANTARCTIC TERRITORIES TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50



TRI-METALLIC COIN OF MARIE BYRD LAND HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II Wholesale prices available to dealers

10 Dollar coin of Marie Byrd Land commemorates beatification of Pope John Paul IIBecause 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. It 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.
Item BYRD MARIE BYRD LAND TRI-METALLIC 10 DOLLARS 2011 UNC. $29.50



BI-METALLIC OF MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR FEATURES POPE JOHN PAUL II Wholesale prices available to dealers

Transdniestra bi-metallic 100 Rubles picturing Pope John Paul IIThis 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 not widely recognized, it operates as a sovereign nation.  The 26mm coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces and is Uncirculated.
Item TNS-100R MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR 100 ROUBLES 2011 POPE JOHN PAUL II, UNC. $19.75


AFRICAN BI-METALLICS CELEBRATE VISITS BY POPE JOHN PAUL II  

Cameroon bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin 2007 Pope John Paul II visitCentral African Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitChad bi-metallic 4500 Francs 2007 Pope John Paul IICongo Republic bi-metallic 4500 Francs Pope John Paul II visitGabon bi-metallic 4500 Francs 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.  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.
Item CM-32 CAMEROON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM32 UNC. $20.00
Item CF-13 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM13 UNC. $20.00
Item TD-28 CHAD 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM28 UNC. $25.00
Item CG-49 CONGO REP. 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM49 UNC $20.00
Item GA-17 GABON 4500 FRANCS 2007 PAPAL VISIT KM17 UNC $25.00
Item AFRICA-POPE SET OF ABOVE FIVE 4500 FRANC COINS, UNC. $99.75



SOMALIA HONORS POPE JOHN PAUL II

Somalia set of 3 crown size 25 Shillings 2004, Life of Pope John Paul II, KM155-KM157I 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.
Item SO-POPE3 SOMALIA SET OF THREE 25 SHILLINGS 2004, KM155-157 UNC. $15.00




CAMEROON HONORS POPE BENEDICT ON BI-METALLIC COIN 

Cameroon bimetal 4500 Francs Pope Benedict XVI bi-metallic coinCameroons issued this bi-metallic 4500 Franc coin shortly after the ascension of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.  The coin features a terrible, toothy portrait of  Pope Benedict XVI.  It makes the Pope look like a vampire.   A map of Africa and an elephant's head is on the reverse.
Item CM-POPE05  CAMEROON  4500 FRANCS 2005 BENEDICT XVI KM24  UNC. $19.50


2015 PAPAL VISIT TO UNITED STATES COUNTERSTAMPED KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR

2015 Kennedy Half Dollar with counterstamp commemorating Pope's visit to the United StatesTo commemorate Pope Francis's visit to the United States in September 2015,  noted numismatist Mel Wacks issued a counterstamped 2015 Kennedy Half Dollar.  John F. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic to be elected President of the United States.  From 1976 through 1984, Mel Wacks designed and counterstamped for over 20 occasions including Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States, Mexico and England.  These have become a popular collectible and are sometimes offered for sale on ebay at prices well above the original issue prices. Now, for the first time in over 30 years, Wacks is producing new counterstamped coins. No more than a total of 500 Brilliant Uncirculated 2015 Kennedy Half Dollars will be counterstamped.  The counterstamp features the Coat of Arms of Pope Francis with his personal motto below: Miserando atque eligendo (Latin for "By giving mercy and by choosing").  The circumferential inscription reads: "POPE FRANCIS VISITS USA/SEPT. 22-27, 2015".  Mel Wacks' initials "MRW" are below the shield.  The coin comes with a gift pouch and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Item POPE-CS U.S. PAPAL VISIT COUNTERSTAMP ON HALF DOLLAR,  BU $39.50


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