SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI Gold Coin Colorized 1$ Palau 2008

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This gold coin depicts a beautiful antique portrait of Saint Francis, the little poor man of Assisi, the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans. This beautilful coin is issued by Republic of Palau in 2008. There are two different issues of this coin: both made of pure gold but only one is colorized.

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Country Palau
Year 2008
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Gold
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 1.132 (1/25 oz)
Diameter (mm) 13.92
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 25.000
Certificate (COA) No
Presentation case (box) No
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Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of the most well-known saints in the Christian world. With good reason because even after 800 years his life and his message has not lost its fascination and is perhaps even more present than ever today. As the son of a rich merchant Francis enjoyed the best education and dreamt of a military career. During the military expedition, Assisi against Perugia, the young lad was captivated whereupon he started doubting his worldly goals. After a pilgrimage to Rome and several visions Francis decided to change his life radically. He left his family and friends and chose the voluntary hermitage in poverty and worship. In addition to the monastic rule the Canticle of the Sun (“Praise of the creatures”) is one of the most popular chants which Saint Francis created. Therein the mendicant, who already lay in his sickbed, chimed a song of praise to God’s creation and refers to the sun, moon and earth as our siblings. The Bird Sermon and the Wolf of Gubbio are legends which also show his extraordinary love to animals and justify his reputation as the first environment and animal rights activist. As from 1931 we commemorate the International Animal Protection Day on October 4th, which was the day Saint Francis deceased. In 1980 Pope John Paul II appointed Saint Francis from Assisi as Patron of the environmental protection. In conclusion the Francis of Assisi Academy was founded in order to protect the earth. This foundation contributes to peace, justice and the preservation of God’s creation.

The coin’s reverse portrays an image of Saint Francis as reproduction of an antique painting.
The reverse shows Palau Coat of Arms.