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CANONIZATION OF POPES Set Franciscus Johannes XXIII John Paul II Silver Coin 2$ Cook Islands 2014


April 27th, 2014, for the first time in the church’s history, two popes will be canonized on the same day. In a public mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will elevate his two, still popular, predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II to saint status. To celebrates this special event, it is issued this exclusive three silver proof coins. Mintage limited to only 1000 pcs worldwide!

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Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was Pope from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963.
His passionate views on equality were summed up in his famous statement 'We were all made in God's image, and thus, we are all Godly alike.' John XXIII made many passionate speeches during his pontificate, one of which was on the day that he announced the Second Vatican Council in the middle of the night to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square: "Dear children, returning home, you will find children: give your children a caress and say: This is the caress of the Pope!"

Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history and, as a Pole, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.
John Paul II was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. Controversially, he upheld the Church's teachings against artificial contraception and the ordination of women, he supported the Church's Second Vatican Council and its reform, and he held firm orthodox Catholic stances. He is known for his implementation of several papal documents pertaining to the role of the Church in the modern world.
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2014
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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This coin set is composed by three beautiful coins full of details and meanings. The coins depict Pope Franciscus (who canonizes the two popes), Pope Johannes XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Each coin is partially enameled and at bottom there is a detail from Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo: fingers of God and Adam almost touching during the creation. The obverse depicts the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.