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POPE John Paul II Silver Coin Hologram 10D Andorra 2010


The Principat D'Andorra is proud to present a unique coin featuring John Paul II through a 3D achromatic hologram. This is the first time in the world that achromatic hologram has been used in coin production.

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"Santo Subito!" In speaking choirs and on banners umpteen believers already demanded the quick sanctification for the freshly deceased Pope John Paul II during his funeral service in April 2005. Compared to early church history where straightforward sanctifications were performed due to acclamation of the public, the canonisation is a long procedure with strict criteria today.

As from the formal investigation, beyond the careful verification of the worthiness and proof of a miracle, up to the point of the official farewell and sanctification through the Pope, it often takes several years. Furthermore the church law first requires a beatification, which can normally only be initiated five years after death. At least here the charismatic Pope from Poland already provided an exception: Only a few weeks after his death, his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, initiated the procedure for his beatification.

  • CountryAndorra
  • Year2010
  • Face Value10 Diners
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)28 x 40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)15.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
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The coin obverse depicts a beatiful portrait of the Pope with a colorless hologram, at various shades of grey, features a three-dimensional image of the Pope's face, which in reality is flat. The optical illusion is due to use of nanotechnology, a range of techniques and methods to create all sorts of structures of nanometric dimensions.
The reverse shows another portrait and the inscriptions "PRICIPAT D'ANDORRA", the value 10D and the year 2010.