SANTO SUBITO Pope John Paul II Silver Coin 5$ Liberia 2007

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This silver plated coin shows a beautiful portrait of Pope John Paul II, issued by Liberia in 2007. Part of a series of three coins, joint issue of Palau, Liberia, Congo.

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Country Liberia
Year 2007
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Cupronickel - Silver
Weight (g) 31.8
Size (mm) 35 x 35
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 2.500
Certificate (COA) No
Presentation case (box) No
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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.

A joint issue is the release of coins by two or more countries to commemorate the same topic, event or person of relevance to both countries. Joint issues typically have the same first day of issue and their design is often similar or identical, except for the identification of country and value. This coin is part of a series of three coin in joint issue of Palau, Liberia and Congo. The reverse shows the Liberia Coat of Arms.