Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Poland commemorates Pope's beatification

Pope John Paul II is money and doesn't even know it

Poland is issuing gold and silver collector coins of Pope John Paul II to mark his beatification May 1.

Pope John Paul is the only Polish pope in the history of the Church.

He was born Karol Józef Wojtyła in Wadowice, Poland in 1920 and died in 2005 at the Vatican.

They were presented Wednesday at Poland's state mint and will be available in April.

There will be 500 gold coins worth 1,000 zlotys ($350) featuring a portrait of the pope on one side and Poland's national emblem of an eagle on the other. The collection will also have gold coins worth 100 zlotys ($35) and 25 zlotys ($8.75), as well as a silver 20 zloty ($7) coin.

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