The Servei d’Emissions of the Principality of Andorra have authorized (11th April) the issue of a coin celebrate the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, which will be officially announced on the 1st May by Pope Benedict XVI.
The coin, with a denomination of 1000 Diners, is struck in pure (.9999) gold and with a weight of one kilogram, making it one of the largest coins to be issued for this auspicious occasion. The Servei d’Emissions have also authorised only twenty seven examples in total, the 27 representing the number of years of John Paul II’s papacy, from 1978 to 2005.
The obverse shows the image of John Paul II, showing his profile towards the latter part of his life. To the right of the portrait are the inscriptions in Latin “Beatus Ioannes Paulus PP. II” (The Blessed John Paul II, Pope) and his date of birth and death, 1920-2005. Above and below the portrait, are fragments of a pattern of the liturgical stole.
The reverse depicts the scene of John Paul II, as seen for the first time, on the day beginning his papacy. On the right of the primary image is the year of issue, 2011 and the Mint of Poland’s insignia along with the emblem of the Principality of Andorra. The face value of 1000 diners appears below the primary design. The legend “Principat D’Andorra” and “nolite timere” (do not be afraid) appears around the rim, towards the left and upper half of the coin.
The coin will be produced in proof quality and has a diameter of 90 mm. Struck by the Mint of Poland, the coin is presented in an exclusive presentation case the coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Orders for the limited edition pure gold kilo coin will be accepted only until the 30th April. For more information, please contact the Mint of Poland directly at:
John Paul II was appointed head of the Catholic Church on 16 October 1978. His papacy was the longest pontificate of the 20th century, and the second longest in papal history at 27 years 163 days. He died on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy, on 2 April 2005. Currently, the beatification and canonization of John Paul II, is in process. On 1 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI will proclaim him blessed.