Saint John Paul II Cuboid Silver CoinApril 21, 2014
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We finally received the promotional pictures from the Poland Mint. This fascinating coin is now available for booking at SCS!
Described as being ‘cuboid’, it’s fundamentally an exploded cube with a portal on one face. It has a single obverse with the obligatory for Niue, portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and a staggering 11 reverse sides, most with different art. Comprised of seven ounces of antique (oxidised) silver, only 555 pieces will be minted.
On the upper face of the coin is an image of John Paul II surrounded by a frame carrying a latin inscription: OMNIA NUDA ET APERTA SUNT ANTE OCULOS EIUS (Everything is disclosed and revealed before his eyes, Matthew 23:1-39). On the four outer faces of the coin are figures of the Four Evangelists, emblazoned with decorative elements.
The coins obverse sits on the underside of the coin and carrys Ian Rank Broadleys iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Surrounded by some ornate decoration and ‘wear’, it’s a refreshing take on on standard Commonwealth coin detail. Around the outside of the portrait are the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND, 2014, and the face value of 25 DOLLARS, in this case of the New Zealand variety. In the lower corners are the coins purity (Ag 999) and the mint mark.
In Christian tradition, the Four Evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors attributed with the creation of the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament.
The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the Synoptic Gospels, because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence. Convention has traditionally held the authors to have been two of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, John and Matthew, and two “apostolic men,” Mark and Luke:
Matthew – a former tax collector who was called by Jesus to be one of the Twelve Apostles,
Mark – a follower of Peter and so an “apostolic man”,
Luke – a doctor who wrote what is now the book of Luke to a friend Theophilus. Also believed to have written the book of Acts (or Acts of the Apostles) and a close friend of Paul of Tarsus,
John – a disciple of Jesus and possibly the youngest of his Twelve Apostles.
They are called evangelists, a word meaning ‘people who proclaim good news,’ because their books aim to tell the “good news” (“gospel”) of Jesus.
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