Details relating to the Vatican Commemorative of 2010.
Issue Date: 10.12.2010
Number Minted: 115,000
Mint: Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.,Roma
Mint Mark : R
This coin was minted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Jean Maria Vianey.
Vianey was a Catholic priest who devoted his life to the church and after he was canonized (1929) became the patron saint of priests.
The somewhat unusual motif shows a shepherd struggling to free a lamb from the jaws of a lion. The shepherd represents a priest, who according to John 10,11 will sacrifice his life for the sheep under his care. The story of the lamb being freed from the maw of a lion comes from Samuel 17,34-35.
Around the upper edge of the inner circle is an inscription showing the issuing country – “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO”: Around the lower edge (nine o’clock to five o’clock) is the inscription “ANNO SACERDOTALE” (Priest Year). The year of issue 2010 is shown above the rump of the lion and the mint mark “R” under the lion, somewhat in from five o’clock. The designer’s name is at three o’clock.