Bank of Korea releases designs for commemorative Papal visit coins

To "spread the message of reconciliation and peace, the key purpose of the pope's visit," the Bank of Korea plans to issue 30,000 silver coins and 60,000 brass coins.

Korea
Jul 31 2014, 3:19 PM
Bank of Korea releases designs for commemorative Papal visit coins
Design of the new Korean coin to commemorate Pope Francis's visit.

With the Pope's visit to South Korea about three weeks away, the country's central bank released the designs of two specially made coins to commemorate his visit.

Pope Francis will travel to South Korea from August 14 to 18.

To "spread the message of reconciliation and peace, the key purpose of the pope's visit," the Bank of Korea plans to issue 30,000 silver coins and 60,000 brass coins.

The designs have incorporated both Catholic symbols of peace and Korea's traditional symbols.

Worth about $48 each, the silver coins feature a dove carrying an olive branch, and a series of crosses making up the ‘taegeuk’, the circular symbol found in the country's flag. The other side include the Pope's coat of arms.

Meanwhile, the brass coins, with a value of about $10, feature a cross made of several plants, with the country's national flower in the middle.

A total of 81,000 coins will be available for sale in Korea via reservations at Woori and Nonghyup banks. The remaining volume will be sold to overseas collectors, according to the central bank.

During his Korean visit, the Pope will meet with youth at the Asian Youth Day, beatify 124 Korean martyrs, and preside over a Mass for peace and reconciliation.

Source: Zenit.org

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