The Search for the True Cross

Of the myriad holy relics in Christendom, none is as sacrosanct as the so-called True Cross—the piece of wood on which Jesus Christ was crucified. While some historians doubt its authenticity, the True Cross did exist. It was discovered in Jerusalem by St. Helena 300 years after the Crucifixion, changed hands several times through the centuries, and vanished from recorded history after the Second Crusade, when it was seized by the great Muslim warrior Saladin. This remarkable collection features coins of the five historical figures who held the True Cross.

 

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Madonna & Child Coin

This silver Hungarian denar coin features an image of the baby Jesus in the arms of the Madonna, the Patron Saint of Hungary, on the obverse, with the legend “Patrona Hungarie” surrounding.


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Christian Cup Coins: A Medieval Mystery

Why did the Byzantines produce coins shaped like cups? No one did it before, and no one’s done it since. It’s a Medieval mystery.


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Elizabeth II: Queen of England, King of Coins

Since assuming the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has been the face of numismatics. Her portrait has appeared on more coins than any other individual who ever lived. In 1971, the first year of currency decimalization, her effigy adorned over 5 billion coins in Great Britain alone.

That’s one year, and one country.

She has graced coins throughout the British Commonwealth, from Australia to Canada, South Africa to the Cook Islands—and this has happened for over 60 years. Hers is arguably the most recognized face in the world. This special collection highlights Her Majesty’s various portraits through the years:

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John Paul II: 21st Century Saint

On April 27, Pope John Paul II will officially enter the sainthood. He will become just the second pope to be canonized since 1712.

This pack of four coins from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was issued to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Africa.

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