JPII 100th birth anniversary [10]

100th Anniversary of the Birth of Saint John Paul II

Subject: Pope John Paul II
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 16000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: UV printing
Date of issue: 2020-05-14
Issue price: 140 pln
Saint John Paul II and an image of the baptismal font in the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wadowice.

Designer: Urszula Walerzak
A fragment of Jerzy Kossak’s painting “Miracle on the Vistula”.

Designer: Urszula Walerzak

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Saint John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was born on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice. Those were particularly hard times in Polish history. Shortly after regaining independence in 1918, Poland faced the threat of losing it again as a result of the Bolsheviks’ invasion. Referring to these circumstances, John Paul II said: “You know that I was born in May 1920, at the time when the Bolsheviks marched towards Warsaw. And that is why since my birth I have owed a great debt to those who at that time took up the fight against the invader and won, paying with their lives.”

His youth was marked by World War II (1939-1945) and the German occupation of the country. He wrote this: “I was spared a lot of suffering in this huge and terrible theatre of the Second ...

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