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CANONIZATION OF THE POPE John Paul II Silver Proof Coin 10$ Canada 2014


The year 2014 marks the canonization of Pope John Paul II. He was not only the first Roman Catholic pope in history to visit Canada, but a church leader whose pontificate featured many firsts around the world. April 27th, 2014, he will be canonized elevating John Paul II to saint status. This proof pure silver coin celebrates this special event.

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Pope John Paul II
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.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)23.17
  • Diameter (mm)36.07
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse image reproduces a photograph of Pope John Paul II offering Mass during his first visit to Canada in 1984. Through the expert application of varied finishes and skilled engraving, Royal Canadian Mint engravers faithfully capture the power of the moment as the pope raises the Consecrated Host at the elevation. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.