The Principality of Andorra (a small landlocked country in Europe) have authorized the issue of a coin to honor and celebrate the beautification of the late Pope John Paul II. The official announcement is on the 1st of May, but the last date for ordering one of the coins is the 30th of April.
The coin is struck in pure gold 0.9999 percent pure and will bear a denomination of 1000 diners. Exactly twenty seven such coins shall be created – the exact number of years that John Paul II ruled as Pope (from 1978 to 2005).
Both sides of the coin feature John Paul II on them. The front has his profile with his date of birth and death (1920-2005). The reverse shows the image of the Pope greeting his flock immediately after being crowned.
Each coin shall come with a certificate of authenticity and is to be produced by the mint in Poland. Its a far cry from Pope Paul VI who sold off his jewellery for charity.
Email the mint to reserve your coin now – they are expected to sell out immediately – [email protected] Mind you the Dinar is not the official currency even in Andorra itself – its actually a commemorative currency. The informal exchange rate is 1 diner = 0.6 Euros, but no bank would actually exchange diners into euros or any other currency. The tag on this coin has not been revealed but just the cost of a kilo of gold (2.2 lb) would be close to $51,000 in todays prices.
Pope Benedict XVI is expected to announce Pope John Paul II as blessed on the 1st of May. Currently the beautification and canonization of the late Pope is in process.