In 2004, the United States Congress awarded Pope John Paul II the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his many and enduring contributions to peace and religious understanding, and for other purposes. U.S. Commemorative Medals honor significant historical events of the nation, or to honor those persons whose superior deeds and achievements have enriched our history, or the world. They are miniature replicas of Congressional Authorized Gold Medals presented to individuals for notable achievements.
When legislation permits, bronze duplicates (90% copper, 10% zinc), are struck. The Merrick Mint then uniquely enhances each commemorative medal coin with its unique colorization process, which beautifies the significance of the coin.
Each coin comes in a premium coin capsule with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Pope John Paul II portrait obverse design and Great Seal of the United States design on the reverse.
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