This is the 2015 circulation coin set from the Vatican mint in proof uncirculated condition.
It consists of a 20 euro silver coin and 8 standard circulation coins which all have the same technical characteristics on the reverse side.
The reverse side is the same for all European countries.
The coins obverse depicts the portrait of Pope Francis, sovereign of the State of the Vatican City, as well as the writing “Città del Vaticano” and twelve stars.
The chosen theme in 2015 for the silver coin with a face value of 20 euros concerns special moments from the debates and homilies of Pope Francis.
This a Euro legal tender coin set and is the 2nd release of the effigy of Pope Francis.
The coin set was minted in 10.000 examples.
Motive/Topic: Pope Francis
Mint: Vatican City
Quality: proof, PP
Nominal value: 23.88 Euro
Addition: 20 Euro coin / 26 grams. (925/1000 fine silver)
Packed in the official box. Including secondary packaging and certificate.
Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco) was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
He was born on 17 December 1936 and is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked for a time as a bouncer and a janitor as a young man before training to be a chemist and working as a technician in a food science laboratory. After recovering from a severe illness, he was inspired to join the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1958. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was the Jesuit provincial superior in Argentina. He became the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina. The administrations of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner considered him to be a political rival. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Throughout his public life, Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, international visibility as pope, concern for the poor and commitment to inter-religious dialogue. He is credited with having a less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors, for instance choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by previous popes.
Francis maintains the traditional views of the Church regarding abortion, clerical celibacy, and the ordination of women, but has initiated dialogue on the possibility of deaconesses and has made women full members of dicasteries in the Roman Curia. He maintains that the Church should be more open and welcoming for members of the LGBT community, and favors legal recognition of same-sex couples. Francis is an outspoken critic of unbridled capitalism and free market economics, consumerism, and over development, and advocates taking action on climate change, a focus of his papacy with the promulgation of Laudato si’. In international diplomacy, he helped to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and supported the cause of refugees during the European and Central American migrant crises. Since 2018, he has been a heavily vocal opponent of neo-nationalism. He has faced criticism from theological conservatives on many questions, including his promotion of ecumenism, as well as admitting civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to communion with the publication of Amoris laetitia.
**Taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes