Sierra Leone 2005 - Honouring Pope Benedict XVI - Uncirculated Cupro Nickel Coin

Product Code: L4416300

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Coin Highlights

  • 2005 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
  • Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone
  • Issue: Unlimited
  • Unique presentation pouch
  • Also available as: Proof Sterling Silver


To celebrate the election of His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV Pobjoy Mint is delighted to introduce an impressive new uncirculated cupro nickel commemorative coin on behalf of The Bank of Sierra Leone.

The design on this superb collector's coin depicts Pope Benedict in front of the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican City with the Coat of Arms of the Vatican.  The wording ‘Pontifex Maximus Benedictus XVI’ is in the surround.  ‘Habemus Papam’ – (We have a new Pope,) XIX Aprilis MMV (the date in Latin, that he was elected) and the value is shown at the base of the design. 

Each coin carries the Coat of Arms of Sierra Leone on the obverse and each exceptional design is available in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver.  The precious metal versions have been struck to the highest quality and each coin is beautifully handcrafted.

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Thousands of people hurried to the Vatican on the 19th April 2005 as soon as word spread through Rome and the rest of the World that white smoke had been seen from the Vatican signalling that the Cardinals had reached their decision as to which one of them was to become head of the Catholic Church. 

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Bavaria, stepped out onto the Vatican balcony to address the pilgrims beneath as Pope Benedict XVI.  The 265th pontiff, the first German pontiff in 1,000 years, described himself to the crowds that were amassed in the square as ‘a simple, humble worker in the Lord’s vineyard’.

The Bank of Sierra Leone is delighted to honour the new Pope with this exceptional coin.  The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone has approximately 150,000 members and has played a great part in the charitable work that has been desperately needed since peace spread through the county, a peace that Pope John Paul II helped to bring about by personally appealing to the rebels to cease their activities.

Metal Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
Diameter 38.60mm
Weight 28.28gms
Issue Limit Unlimited

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