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Poland honors Fatima

Obverse and reverse of the Polish 10 złotych silver proof struck to mark the centenary of the visions experienced by Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto at Fátima. (Images courtesy Narodowy Bank Polski)

Commencing in May 1917, three children shepherding sheep flocks at Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, experienced visions of the Mother of God, whom they described as a “Lady more brilliant than the Sun.” The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This was the first of a series of events that would attract attention from around the globe and generate controversy that continues today.

To mark the centenary of the Fátima visions, Narodowy Bank Polski has released a silver 10 złotych. The .925 fine proof oval coin measures 36×24 mm, weighs 10 g, and has a mintage of 25,000.

The obverse of the coin features the three children. The image is based on a well-known photograph of the trio but with some modifications. The photo itself is frequently shown flipped right to left. The reverse depicts the crown from the Lady of Fatima statue in Cova da Iria along with a lily symbolic of innocence. The designer is Urszula Walerzak.

This centenary year, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco on May 13. Lúcia died in 2005, having spent her life as a Carmelite nun.


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