Ioannes Paulus II Pretiosus Electrum
Papal Mint, Poland
2014 dollars (Niue Island)
100 x 70 mm - shape of the Polish borders
Proof with gold plating, shape of the Polish borders, 27 diamonds inserts, each coin features embedded amber medal with a profile of John Paul II.
International Coin House team
B.H. Mayer’s Mint Karlsfeld, Germany
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse shows a view on the Wawel Castle and the view on Vatican from the side of the Tiber River. The central image is surrounded by an elaborate floral motif – flowers being the “John Paul II” Clematis bred by Brother Stefan Franczak, world-known horticulturist. On the reverse inside of the amber medallion there is a profile of Pope John Paul II, leaning on the ferrule (the papal crosier), next to it is the papal crest, and on the edge of the medallion, in addition to beautifully crafted ornaments, the inscription “Sanctus Ioannes Paulus PP. II”. Above placed is the papal motto “Totus Tuus” (“All yours”). Background of the coin shows the Jasna Góra Monastery, together with Our Lady of Jasna Góra on the left and a stained glass window of John Paul II on the right - also located in the Basilica.
A brief annotation
Unusual denomination – commemorating the year of canonization of John Paul II. The emissions includes only 27 pieces, plus – the each piece of amber is unique, Papal Mint introduces a system of personalization: the customer not only selects the amber medallion for his coins, but also the inscriptions on the edge.