Canada honors Pope John Paul II
with this realistic and high-relief portrait coin.
than any other pope in the modern era, John Paul II was a central force
in world affairs, his active participation in contrast to the reclusive
papacies before him. He was the first pope to visit Canada, traveling
across this nation from east to west in September 1984 and returning to
speak in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, three years later. In
July 2002, millions gathered in Toronto, Ontario, to see the pope on
World Youth Day.
For many in Canada and around the world, he was the hero who brought
down communism in Poland - a staunch supporter of human rights who
often criticized oppressive governments. When asked if he feared
retribution, he answered, "I'm not afraid of them. They are afraid of
me." He was right; in 1981 an assassination attempt was made on his
life. Such conviction is usually borne of hardship and struggle. John
Paul II lost his mother at 8, his brother at 11 and his father at 21.
He experienced persecution under Nazi Germany and completed his
seminary studies "underground." Yet, despite these difficulties, his
warm and gentle grace was undeniable, and his passion and integrity are
to be emulated.
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The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This
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high-relief, frosted cameo portrait of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.
He wears the pontifical miter on his head, with his right hand
outstretched as he blesses the crowd and his left hand holding the
crozier of his office, topped with a crucifix. This stunning likeness
was executed by world-renowned artist and engraver Susan Taylor. The
Pope's name in Latin IOANNES PAULUS PP.II is also indicated.
A frosted cameo of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in
profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to
appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt.
The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace
of God") and denomination also appear.
Please click here for a short
biography of Pope John Paul II.
The coin is encapsulated inside a maroon presentation case, with stand
suitable for display, protected by a black outer box. A certificate of
authenticity is included.