Lourdes - 150th Anniversary Coin

France 2008 - 1.5€ - Lourdes - 150th Anniversary - 22.2g LIMITED Silver Coin

15.000 of these coins have been issued by Monnaie de Paris!
This silver coin is dedicated to the Catholic Church.
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Country France
Year 2008
Face Value currency Euro
Face Value number 1,5
Metal Silver
Fineness 900/1000
Weight 22,2g
Diameter 37 mm
Mintage 15000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

This coin celebrates a major event for the entire Catholic community. For believers, 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous: 18 apparitions are said to have taken place between February and July 1858. This coin recalls this event, as well as the visits to Lourdes, of two popes in the last 25 years. Monnaie de Paris marks this celebration by an international first: bringing together the effigy of Pope John-Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on the same coin.

Reverse Design

The reverse features a representation of the sanctuary of Notre Dame of Lourdes.

Obverse Design

The obverse features 4 quarters, of which two represent Popes John-Paul II and Benedict XVI. The four quarters are separated in the shape of the cross.

Packaging

The Lourdes - 150th Anniversary coin comes in a presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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