Pope John Paul II’s lasting legacy spreads around the globe.
The Central Bank of Malta commemorates the 10th anniversary of his
death with a 2015 Proof €5 gold coin.
The coin was released April 30 and was designed by
Noel Galea Bason.
The obverse of the coin shows the emblem of Malta with the year of
issue 2015. The reverse depicts a portrait of Pope John Paul II.
Karol Josef Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920. He
was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska.
He was ordained priest on Nov. 1, 1946, was appointed Archbishop of
Krakow in 1964 and made Cardinal in June 1967.
On Oct. 16, 1978, Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope. During his
Pontificate John Paul II made 104 international apostolic journeys,
beatified 1,338 persons and canonised 482 saints.
Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, and was raised to sainthood
by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014.
The .999 fine gold coin was struck by the Royal Dutch Mint.
The coin weighs a half-gram, measures 11 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.
The coin retails for €60.
The coin may be purchased by completing an order form found at the Central Bank of Malta’s