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Retired Pope’s birth marked by gold coin

Pope Emeritus Benedict, who prefers to be known as Father Benedict these days, celebrated his 90th birthday on April 16. To mark the occasion, Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust has produced a gold $5 for the Cook Islands.

The Trust used their Big Gold Minting® technology to allow them to strike the 11 mm coin from just 1/100th ounce of .9999 fine gold.

The obverse shows a half-length figure of the former Pontiff with staff and miter. The finish is described as “prooflike.” Mintage is 10,000 pieces.

 

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