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Coins with a Spiritual Significance

Updated on October 23, 2014

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Coins with a Spiritual Significance

Not all countries have the separation of religion and state, as does the United States of America. So, it is quite possible for some countries to issue coins with spiritual significance. In fact, it is expected of the Vatican City coinage, and Israel coinage. Other countries that include spiritual themes in modern day coinage include Belarus, the Cook Islands, and Austria. Even Australia has now issued a coin honoring Australia's first canonized saint!

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Windows of Heaven

Stained glass windows in famous cathedrals are the theme of a Cook Island coin series. There areis another similar coin series that has started since, the Palau Holy Windows series.

2010 Mary MacKillop Stamp-Coin Set

Sister Mary MacKillop was the first Australian canonized saint. The canonization occurred in October, 2010, and the coin and stamp set was released to coordinate with the canonization.

The coin is 0.999 fine silver

0.5 Troy ounce

Stamp shaped

The matching stamp has a sixty cent denomination.

These sets come in boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.

These sets are sold out at the Perth Mint!

Papal Visits Inspire Coinage

There are numerous countries that have coins honoring Pope John Paul II, either as a person of significant importance or in honor of a papal visit to a country. These could be considered as religious, or one might simply consider them as historically significant. Usually these are struck to commemorate a papal visit. While Pope John Paul II is the most common subject of such coins, other papal coins can be found.

The Abbeys of Austrian Coinage

The Austrian Mint produced several collector coins in silver with a ten Euro denomination that feature religious abbeys. At the same time the Austrian Mint was producing coins depicting castles, so the abbey coins could be considered as honoring historical places, just as the castle coins honor significant buildings of the past. The buildings are Melk Abbey, Nonnberg Abbey, Göttweig Abbey, Seckau Abbey, and St. Paul im Lavanttal. These could be considered coins of a spiritual or religious nature, but only in an incidental manner.


Austrian abbey coins

Belarus Honors Orthodox Saints

Belarus, has, through the Mint of Poland, issued a five coin series honoring Orthodox Saints. These definitely carry a religious message. Each of the five coins in this series are available as proof silver coins, proof gold coins, and uncirculated gold coins. The silver coins have an oxidized finish, giving them a unique appearance. Each coin also contains four synthetic stones. The coins are round, but a colored rectangular image appears on the obverse of each, making them take on the iconoclastic look. These coins were minted by the Mint of Poland for the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus. The subjects of the Belarus Orthodox Saint series includes St. Panteleimon, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St Seraphim of Sarov, St. Sergii of Radonezh, and St. Nicholas.

Commemorative coins dedicated to the 2000th Anniversary of Christianity in the Roman Catholic religion were also produced by the Mint of Poland for the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus. This coin was produced in silver in proof quality, and proof like in copper-nickel. The coin depicts the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove and flame on the obverse and three churches on the reverse.

Holy Helpers

The Principality of Andorra has commissioned the Mint of Poland to produce ten dinar “coins” featuring saints. Technically, these cannot be called coins because the Principality of Andorra has converted to using Euros. However, that technicality cannot detract from the beauty of the Holy Helper Series.

A beautiful set of silver rounds are available in a series called Holy Helpers. The 2010 issues include Saint Catherine, Saint Barbara, Saint George, and Saint Christopher.

PAMP Colorized Coins

PAMP has some very nice, religious themed coins, including the Evangelists set, Saints Peter and Paul, and the Last Supper. These are colorized silver coins, and PAMP mints one Troy ounce and five Troy ounce silver coins.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Interesting lens. I guess the "In God We Trust"on US coin isn't considered spiritually signifcant -- or it could be they just aren't valuable enough to display here.

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      whirlwind 6 years ago

      Hello blackspanielgallery. I like you lens "Coins with a Spiritual Significance." I'm giving you a thumbs up on it!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Yes, but I would think many people would not ever sell a medal, but might one day sell a coin if they had to. It is nice the mints, at least some mints, are willing to go into religious symbols and images.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      It would be nice to have a religious medallion of one's choosing to hold onto

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have a widows mite