PONTIFICATE OF POPE FRANCIS - EURO COINS PROOF VERSION - YEAR 2016

PONTIFICATE OF POPE FRANCIS - EURO COINS PROOF VERSION - YEAR 2016  

The 2016 euro coin set BE version is composed by 8 coins, showing on the reverse side the common features for all countries taking part to the single European currency. The obverse of each coin represents a portrait of His Holiness Francis - Sovereign of the Vatican City, the inscription “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO” and twelve stars. The theme chosen this year for the 20 euro silver and 50 euro gold coins is the Holy Year of Mercy. The obverse side of the silver coin shows the Holy Father tenderly embracing a young person; the reverse side features an artistic interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). The obverse side of the 50 euro gold coin shows the Successor of Peter as he opened the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica; on his mitre the artist has depicted Our Lady of Mercy. The reverse side features an image inspired from the Jubilee logo where Jesus takes upon his shoulders the lost soul symbolizing all humanity.