Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the - detailed information

Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II, Coin from Congo, Democratic Republic of the
CoinGold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II

The Democratic Republic of the Congo normally uses banknotes for circulation, and does not issue coins in the Congolese Franc currency. However, the country has authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction.

Most of them are in internationally popular sizes, including the one twenty-fifth of an ounce of gold mini-coin format - such as this coin.

This Pope John Paul II - In Memoriam coin is part of a range commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II).

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920 - 2 April 2005), he was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was later canonised as Pope Saint John Paul II.

Cardinal Wojtyła was elected pope on the third day of the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after John Paul I, who had been elected in the first papal conclave of 1978 earlier in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Wojtyła adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him.

Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century and the second longest-serving pope after Pius IX in modern history.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage25,000
Obverse
Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre a male lion walking to left, his head turned towards the viewer.

Around above, the name of the country in French: REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Above the lion, the date of issue 2005.

Horizontally in the exergue, the face value 20 FRANCS.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIQUE DEMOCATIQUE DU CONGO 2005 20 FRANCS
Reverse
Congo, Democratic Republic of the / Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts Pope John Paul II wearing a mitre, and holding the papal staff (crosier) in his right hand.

In the right field, on three lines the inscription PAPE JEAN PAUL II in French.

Around the rim, EN MEMOIRE DE KAROL WOJTYLA 18.05.1920 - 02.04.2005 (in memory of Karol Wojtyla, followed by the dates of his life).

Reverse Inscription PAPE JEAN PAUL II EN MEMOIRE DE KAROL WOJTYLA 18.05.1920 - 02.04.2005
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in capsule.
CIT Item ID: 21625

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Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2005 Pope John Paul II: Details
CountryCongo, Democratic Republic of the
CurrencyCongolese Franc
Coin TypeGold Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz)
Issued2005
SymbolLion of Congo
Face Value20 (x Franc)
Total Mintage25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.9200 mm
Thickness1.300 mm
Mass1.2440 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-GVMW-OVRB
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