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Pope John Paul II on coins
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:01:43 PM »
I am not religious and hold no brief for Catholics, the Vatican, or any of its popes. I find the Vatican to be reactionary, misogynistic and authoritarian. Moreover, it has been linked to far too many scandals for my liking.

However, I am interested in portraits on coins. Pope John Paul II, with his ever-smiling Polish features, was a familiar sight in the news during his time as pope. He seemed at times like some quaint sort of pop star, travelling the world in his popemobile, and preaching open-air masses to his adoring followers. As a Polish pope in the 1980s, he was an embarrassment to the communist Polish state. His life was not without its upsets. In 1981, a young Turkish man shot him in an assassination attempt. At times the theory has been flown that he had been recruited by the KGB, or by the Bulgarian communist secret service, but this has never been proved or disproved.

By the late 1990s, John Paul II had become visibly frail, stooped and barely able to walk, yet still he clung to his office. He visited many countries in his time and was honoured on many coins - how many, I simply do not know. Here are some of those portraits, in no particular order.
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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 11:02:01 PM »
Cape Verde, 100 escudos, 1990.

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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 11:02:14 PM »
Dominica, 10 dollars, 1979.


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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 11:02:28 PM »
Dominican Republic, 100 pesos, 1979.
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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 11:02:43 PM »
Gambia, 1992, 250 dalasis.  Designer: Robert Elderton.

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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 11:02:55 PM »
Hungary, pattern, 1991.


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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 11:03:55 PM »
Hungary, 500 forint, 1991.


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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 11:04:36 PM »
Lesotho, 10 maloti, 1988.


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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 11:05:10 PM »
Lithuania, 10 litu, 1993.


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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 11:06:00 PM »
Mozambique, 1000 meticais, 1988.


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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2012, 11:06:39 PM »
Philippines, 1500 piso, 1980.


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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2012, 11:07:14 PM »
Philippines, 2500 piso, 1995.


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Re: Pope John Paul II on coins
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2012, 11:07:56 PM »
Poland, 1000 zloty, 1983.


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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2012, 11:08:42 PM »
Poland, 2 zloty, 2003.


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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2012, 11:09:20 PM »
Samoa, 10 tala, 2005.