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Australia 2008-P World Youth Day Sydney featuring Pope Benedict XVI Coin and Stamp Set with $1 Dollar with Color Official First Day Cover FDC

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Pope Benedict XVI - in three different portraits! - blesses the faithful on this beautiful color coin and stamp first day cover!

Sold out at the Mint!On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the faith community of the Roman Catholic Church and entire world by announcing that he would resign from the papacy, effective February 28, 2013. In an address read in Latin before a group of Cardinals at the Apostolic Palace, the 85-year-old pontiff said he had decided that, due to his "advanced age" and deteriorating mental and physical strengths, he would be stepping down as head of the Catholic Church.

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POPE BENEDICT XVIThe German born pope (successor to the Polish Pope John Paul II), who in 2005 became the oldest man to be elected pope in almost 300 years, will now become the first pope to resign his position since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to have done so voluntarily since Pope Celestine V in 1294. In breaking the unwritten law that demands that a pope must die in office, Pope Benedict XVI has been nearly universally hailed for his bravery and foresight. A prolific writer, classical pianist, theologian and philosopher, Benedict XVI became the first Pope to engage social media, too, in December 2012, by issuing his first tweet on Twitter.

Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Alois Ratzinger, was elected April 19, 2005 by the papal conclave after John Paul II passed away. He is the 265th Pope, and he is also the Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was 78 years old when elected, making him the oldest person elected Pope in almost 300 years. He is also the first German Pope to be elected in almost 1000 years (since Pope Stephen IX in 1057 AD)!

Australia World Youth Day Coin & Stamp First Day CoverThe Perth Mint  and Australia Post have teamed up to create this coin and stamp set that commemorates the Papal visit during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. World Youth Day is a Roman Catholic youth-oriented festival, started by Pope John Paul II in 1986, and celebrated internationally every two or three years. The 2008 event, held in July in Sydney was attended by Pope Benedict XVI, his first visit to Australia, and drew a reported 500,000 young people from around the world to celebrate with the Pope.

This handsome set will please both numismatists and philatelists (coin & stamps collectors, respectively) as well as anyone with an interest in history, religion, or a Catholic background. With superb features and value, this set includes:

    • A $1 coin with a full color, Vatican-approved portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, along with the World Youth Day emblem
    • A 50 cent stamp featuring the Pope, with a unique first day of issue cancellation.
    • Both are housed in a color Australian Post souvenir illustrated envelope featuring the Pope!

The coin in this set has a limited mintage of 100,000 worldwide, with a significantly lower number of PNC sets being assembled. Both the individual coin and this coin and stamp set are sold out at the Mint, so get them while the are still available!

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Pope Benedict XVITechnology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Obverse
A full color portrait of Pope Benedict XVI. The World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (abbreviated WYDSYD08) logo is emblazoned on the obverse as well. The legend around the rim reads WORLD YOUTH DAY SYDNEY 2008. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark also appears.

Reverse
The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II and the denomination also appear.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Year of Issue 2008
   
Face Value (Set) 1 Dollar 50 Cents ($1 Coin + 50 Cents Stamp)
Weight 13.75 grams
Diameter 30.00 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 3.10 mm
Mintage Limit 100,000 (coin; fare fewer sets have been assembled)
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated with Color
Composition Aluminum Bronze
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Mint personnel (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

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