Vatican City – The Vatican Stamp and Currency Office issued several commemorative coins, including one promoting the importance of vaccinations and a silver medal for peace in Ukraine; proceeds from the sale of the medal will be used to help victims of war.
The Philatelic and Numismatic Office said in a statement in mid-May that the issuance of an official medal dedicated to peace in Ukraine was “a way to join calls for the cessation of arms and the return to dialogue”.
One side of the medal depicts a family fleeing a bomb-destroyed city with their whole lives in a suitcase; a child takes care of a stuffed animal while the family is “guided by a young mother who walks towards us, reminding us of our duty of welcome and solidarity”. At the top, the word “peace” is written in Latin and Cyrillic, the office said.
The other side depicts a dove of peace with an olive branch above the name and coat of arms of Pope Francis, as well as part of a special prayer he recited during his general audience on 16 march imploring God to forgive mankind for waging war, especially the war in Ukraine.
The excerpt in Italian reads: “Lord Jesus, born under the bombs falling on Kyiv, died in the arms of a mother in a bunker in Kharkiv, a 20-year-old sent to the front, have mercy on us. “
All proceeds from the sale of the 50 euro ($53) medal “will be donated to the Holy Father for charitable work in favor of the Ukrainian people.”
The office also released a series of commemorative coins on May 20 that includes a 20 euro silver coin “dedicated to a current theme very close to the heart of Pope Francis: treatments to counter the pandemic and (promote) the need to get vaccinated”. the Vatican office said.
The silver coin “represents a doctor, a nurse and a young person who is ready to receive the vaccine”, he specified. “The Holy Father has repeatedly stressed the importance of vaccination, recalling that health care is ‘a moral obligation’ and that it is important to ‘continue efforts to immunize even the poorest people'” .
The euro coin series also includes coins of eight different denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, €1 and €2, with one side common to all countries participating in the single European currency and to the other side depicting the issuing country of Vatican City State with the coat of arms of Pope Francis.