Pope John Paul II is being canonized April 27, and on April 15 the
National Bank of Poland issued four coins honoring the new saint.
A circulating 2-zloty coin with a mintage of 1.6 million pieces is
joined by three noncirculating Proof coins: a .925 fine silver
10-zloty coin, a .999 fine silver 500-zloty coin and a .900 fine gold
The pontiff was on the fast track to receiving sainthood, just nine
years after his death April 2, 2005. The honor fulfills the wishes of
Catholic faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the days after his
death, shouting “Santo Subito,” or “saint immediately.”
Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyła May 18, 1920, in
Poland, and served as pope from Oct. 16, 1978, through his death. The
traditional five-year waiting period to begin the canonization process
was waived, and he was beatified in 2011.
The same image of Pope John Paul II appears on the reverse of each
of the new coins, with a legend in Polish noting the canonization and
date of April 27.
The obverse of the 2-zloty coin shows the Polish eagle coat of arms,
a smaller version of which also appears on the obverses of the other
coins, with a geometric configuration of lines in designs credited to
Andrzej Nowakowski. The copper-aluminum-zinc-tin coin weighs 8.15
grams and measures 27 millimeters in diameter.
The 10-zloty silver coin weighs 14.14 grams, measures 32 millimeters
in diameter, and has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces.
The silver 500-zloty coin weighs 1,000 grams, measures 100
millimeters in diameter, and has a mintage limit of 966 pieces.
The gold 100-zloty coin weighs 8 grams, measures 21 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.
The Mint of Poland has not yet secured a distributor for this
program in the United States, so collectors may have to search the