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Saints on Coins
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:48:05 PM »
Here is a coin that would be sort of suitable in the "Churches" topic ... but since the church depicted is pretty small, why not start a new topic about saints on coins? :)  This is a German €10 collector coin (mintage about 1.8 million) dedicated to Elizabeth of Thuringia. In the center you see Elizabeth. Around her are (top left) Wartburg castle in Eisenach, Thuringia, (top right) St. Elizabeth church in Marburg, Hesse - two places where she lived. At the bottom you can see how she helps the sick and the poor.

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 07:55:20 PM »
Elizabeth was born in Hungary (guess that why in English she is called Elizabeth of Hungary), and surprise, Hungary also issued a coin on this occasion. The coin depicts the most famous Elizabeth-related legend: the miracle of the roses (see here). The Hungarian coin had relatively low mintage (about 12,000). Sorry for the odd image; had to combine a drawing and a photo. Note how the Hungarian coin actually calls her "Saint Elizabeth" while the German piece simply says "Elizabeth of Thuringia".

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 08:07:42 PM »
Whether Hildegard officially counts as a saint or not ... she has never been canonized, but apparently the Roman Catholic Church recognizes her like a saint (see the article for further info). Here she is on a German 10 DM collector from 1998.

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012, 08:14:30 PM »
Then there is the Vatican. :) Won't list all the coins with saints from there, but here is a commemorative €2 coin that shows St. Paul on a horse, with Damascus in the background.

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 08:16:13 PM »
Slovakia, 1941, 20 korun.  Commemorative.   St. Cyril and St. Methodius, propagators of the Cyrillic alphabet. Most saints are sissies, but at least those two did something useful.


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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 08:21:27 PM »
Nagorno-Karabakh, 1 dram, 2004. Collector piece only.  Saint Gregory.  It's important to show your civilisation when you live on a cultural fault-line.

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2012, 08:23:58 PM »
The British St. George (this is the new 2012 sovereign design) ...

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 08:25:04 PM »
... and the Russian St. George who comes in two versions: silver and gold. :)

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2012, 08:25:43 PM »
Czech Republic, 20 crowns.  St. Wenceslas monument, Prague.

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2012, 08:38:28 PM »
... and the Russian St. George who comes in two versions: silver and gold. :)

... and cupronickel plated steel, and copper-zinc, and tombak plated steel. This image is at all modern kopeks.
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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2012, 08:46:59 PM »
Saint Andrew (the apostle) at the cross.
Russia, golden 2 roubles, Peter I and his successors (1710s-20s).
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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2012, 08:50:07 PM »
Georgia, 10 Tetri, 1993.  Saint George riding the lion. Picture copied from a 11th century plate in the Gelati Monastery.


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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2012, 11:25:01 PM »
... and cupronickel plated steel, and copper-zinc, and tombak plated steel. This image is at all modern kopeks.

Duh, yes. :)  Here is another saint; I just mentioned him in the "Crosses" topic:
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,13575.msg93755.html#msg93755

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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2012, 11:52:38 PM »
Bulgaria, 1 lev 2002
St. John (Ivan) of Rila
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Rila
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Re: Saints on Coins
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2012, 02:50:20 PM »
2004 was a Holy Year of Saint James (Año Santo Jacobeo Compostelano), and this €10 collector coin shows Xacobeo (Galician), Jacobeo (Castilian), James (English), Jakob/us (German), Jacques (French), etc. :)

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