An era has passed with the death of the most loved and respected Pope John Paul II. He had offered hope and inspiration to people around the world. This Pope was seen by more people than any other Pope. He was truly "the Pope of the People". We have now honored his lifetime of dedication and service by commissioning the release Pope John Paul II memorial coin! This beautifully struck authentic Vatican 50 Lire Coin captures his praying likeness flawlessly. These coins are extremely rare and will never be minted again. This historic creation is a legal tender tribute to his dedication and holiness and will be cherished by collectors and his followers for decades! On the reverse, the holy door of St. Peter's Basilica is commemorated. Opened only once every 33 years, millions watched as Pope John Paul II himself crossed the threshold to begin the celebration of the great year 2000 jubilee celebration.