Vatican Commemorative 2020

Details relating to the Vatican Commemorative of 2020.

Issue Date: 23.06.2020

Number Minted: 74,000

Mint: Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.,Roma

Mint Mark : R

This coin commemorates the 100th birthday of Pope John Paul II.

The coin has an interesting and attractive motif.

On the right side of the inner circle is a " head and shoulders" image of John Paul II and underneath his image we see an olive branch which, of course, symbolizes peace.

In the left bottom quadrant is an image of the parish church "Ofiarowania Najświętszej Maryi Panny" in Wadowice, Poland as well as an image of the house in which he was born - now a museum.

In the top left quadrant we see an eight pointed star. This represent the concepts of divinity and truth and also symbolizes the Virgin Mary. Pope John Paul II also dedicated his pontificate to the Virgin Mary.

Looking closer at the disc representing the star you will see that the left half is darker. This represents a solar eclipse - the reason being that on the day of the Pope's birth there was an eclipse in Australia and on the day of his death there was an eclipse in South America.

Around the edge of the inner circle, running from ca. nine o'clock to twelve o'clock is the inscription "PAPA GIOVANNI PAOLO II" (Pope John Paul II). Carrying on round the inner circle, between two and three o'clock are the Popes's date of birth and the date of issue of the coin     "1920 2020" and between ca. seven and five o'clock is the name of the issuing country “CITTÀ DEL VATICANO” (Vatican City).

A little in from three o'clock is the mint mark "R" .

Under the images of the church and house is the inscription in somewhat small print "G.TITOTTO  M.A.C. INC." These are for the coin designer Gabriella Titotto and the engraver Maria Angela Cassol"

All in all a very pleasing coin.

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