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Philippines 1995 Pope John Paul II 2500 Piso Gold Proof GX

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Get this low mintage, hard-to-find gold proof honoring Pope (and now Saint) John Paul II!

Sold out at the Mint!Pope John Paul II was the most-traveled pontiff in history, visiting over 125 countries during his reign. In 1995 he made his final trip to the Philippines, where on January 15th he celebrated mass in Luneta Park, Manila, for an estimated 5 million people, the largest papal crowd in history! The dates of the Holy Father’s visit, 12-16 January 1995, and the city of his visit, Manila, are both listed on this coin, making it an important commemoration of history.

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Pope John Paul II consecrates the eucharistic host during one of many papal or pontifical masses he celebrated all around the world. There was a plot to assassinate John Paul II during this trip, as part of Operation Bojinka, a mass terrorist attack that was planned by Al-Qaeda members Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheik Mohammed. A suicide bomber dressed as a priest was to get closer to the Pope's motorcade so that he could detonate himself and murder the Pontiff. Before this could occur, an apartment fire led investigators to Yousef's laptop computer, which had terrorist plans on it, as well as clothes and items that suggested an assassination plot. Yousef was arrested in Pakistan about a month later, but Khalid Sheik Mohammed was not arrested until 2003.

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Saint John Paul II's Canonization
The movement for Pope John Paul II's canonization began in 2005, shortly after his death, with the traditional five year waiting period waived. On December 19, 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed Venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI. John Paul II was beatified on May 1, 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed a first miracle to him, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson's disease. A second miracle attributed to the late pope was approved on July 2, 2013 and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later. John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014, alongside Pope John XXIII (who inaugurated the Second Vatican Council). Like Pope John XXIII, John Paul II's feast day is not celebrated on the date of his death (as is customary), but on October 22nd, the anniversary of his papal inauguration in 1978.

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The Polish Pope - And One of the 20th Century's Greatest Figures!
POPE JOHN PAUL II PROFILENever before in papal history has a figure been so loved and revered as Pope John Paul II. No one has had a more profound impact on the contemporary Church and modern history.

Born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, he was baptized in the Basilica of the Virgin Mary in Wadowice, Poland. During the Nazi occupation of his homeland he entered the underground seminary and was ordained a priest. He earned his doctorate in theology in 1946, and in 1958 was appointed an auxiliary bishop. Six years later he became Archbishop of Krakow, and in 1967 was elevated to the rank of Cardinal.

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In 1978 Karol Wojtyla was elected supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and took the name John Paul II, becoming the first Polish pope in history. In his inaugural ceremony in Rome, Jan Pawel II pronounced his famous words, "Be not afraid." This sentiment would be reflected in his life, teachings and activity.

POPE JOHN PAUL IIIn 1981 an assassination attempt weakened Pope John Paul II's health but strengthened his resolve to spread the gospel of love to people of all faiths throughout the world, especially to youths and children. During his papacy the pontiff visited over 125 countries on all the inhabited continents. The unwavering leadership and commitment of Jan Pawel II against the domination of his homeland by Soviet Marxism is credited with helping to drive communism from Poland in 1989.

On April 2, 2005, beset by many infirmities and after a protracted illness, the Holy Father passed into eternity. The life he led represents one of the most influential and inspirational of the twentieth century.

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Investment Note
Everything associated with  Pope John Paul II is highly collectible, but few items are as sought-after as coins bearing His Holiness’ portrait, especially gold proofs. This stunning gold proof is significant not just because it was struck during the middle years of pontiff’s tenure, before the full import of his papal office was known, but also because it rarely available! With a mintage of only three thousand, very few people in the world will ever have the opportunity to own this remarkable testimony to one of the great leaders of the church.

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Obverse
A lifelike portrait of Pope John Paul II, with the legends POPE JOHN PAUL II, PAPAL VISIT '95, and MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 12-16 JANUARY 1995.

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Reverse
The official coat of arms (seal) of the Republic of the Philippines with the legend REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS (“Republic of the Philippines” in Tagalog), and the denomination 2500 PISO.

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Packaging
This gold proof comes in its plastic capsule of issue, inside of a red, leatherette presentation case. The box is trimmed with gold and lined with white satin and black velvet. It is protected by a white, cardboard outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate, printed on high quality parchment paper, is also included.

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Specifications
Country Philippines
Year of Issue 1995
Issuing Authority Central Bank of the Philippines
   
Face Value 2500 Piso
Weight 7.980 g
Diameter 22 mm
Mintage Limit 3,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .917 Fine Gold (22-karat)
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)

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