Details relating to the Vatican Commemorative of 2018.
Issue Date: 04.10.2018
Number Minted: 94,000
Mint: Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.,Roma
Mint Mark : R
was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the death of Padre
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope Saint John Paul II.
He became the most popular priest in Italy.
Within the inner circle, boarded by two vertical lines running up from seven and five o’clock is a portrait of Padre Pio looking towards the left. Around the edge of the inner circle, running from ten to two o’clock is the inscription 'CITTÀ DEL VATICANO'. Underneath the portrait is the inscription “Padre Pio”.Between four and five o’clock is the mint mark”R”.
The years of Pio’s death and the year of issue (1968 2018) appear in from nine and three o’clock respectively. Finally the name of the designer “P.Daniele” is seen at eight o’clock.