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2012-R Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI Clad C50 Coin NGC GEM BU

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Why purchase this Brilliant Uncirculated 2012 Vatican City coin commemorating Pope Benedict XVI?

This 50 Euro cent coin honoring Pope Benedict XVI was struck in 2012, the year of his resignation from his service as Pope of the Catholic Church. The Brilliant Uncirculated release was originally part of the 2012 Mint Set (mintage 85,000). The coin was struck at the Roman Mint from Nordic Gold, which is an alloy composed of 89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc and 1% tin.

Distinctive Papal Portrait

Pope Benedict XVI is depicted on the obverse, with the inscription "CITTA DEL VATICANO" curving below. The image is encircled by twelve five-pointed stars, the symbol for the European Union. Additional inscriptions near the Pope's shoulders include the Roman Mint mark "R," along with the designer's initials "DL" for Daniela Longo, with engraver Maria Angela Cassol's initials followed by "INC," the Italian abbreviation for "engraver."

The reverse design by Luc Luycx features a map of continental Europe, beside the coin's denomination of "50 EURO CENT" and the designer's initials "LL."

NGC Certified GEM Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has determined that this 2012-R Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI Euro 50 Cent coin is in GEM Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, possessing the outstanding strike and surface characteristics equivalent to a coin awarded a Sheldon Scale grade of 65 or higher. The coin is presented in a labeled NGC protective holder.

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Year of Issue:2012
Mint:Vatican City Mint
Mint Mark:R
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:GEM BU
Finish:Mint State
Weight in Grams:7.8 g
Weight in Ounces:0.2508 oz
Diameter:24.25 mm
Country:Vatican City
Legal Tender:European Union
Obverse Design:Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI
Reverse Design:Map of European Continent with Face Value
Reverse Designer/Engraver:Luc Luycx
Obverse Designer/Engraver:Daniela Longo and Maria Angela Cassol
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