Description

Pope Saint John XXIII (born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, 1881–1963) was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014.

Roncalli was elected pope on 28 October 1958 at age 76 after 11 ballots. His selection was unexpected, and Roncalli himself had come to Rome with a return train ticket to Venice. He was the first pope to take the pontifical name of "John" upon election in more than 500 years, and his choice settled the complicated question of official numbering attached to this papal name.

Engraver: Pietro Giampaoli

Obverse

Pope John XXIII facing left surrounded by the inscription "John XXIII Pontifex Maximus" and with regnal year below.

IOANNES·XXIII·P·M·
AN·III

Reverse

Depicts Fides holding a cross and chalice dividing nominal value and year

Fides (Latin: Fidēs) was the goddess of trust and bona fides (good faith) in Roman paganism. She was one of the original virtues to be considered an actual religious "divinity".

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
L·100 1961
GIAMPAOLI
FIDES

Edge
Characteristics
Material Stainless Steel
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.75 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # Y# 64.1, Y# 64.2

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