Vatican City 2007-R 20 euro
This specimen was lot 72521 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Vatican. 20 Euro, 2007-R. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO. Obverse: Bust of Pope Benedict facing left in ermine cape." Coinage for the Vatican City began in 1929, struck at the Rome mint. Coins are issued for the Vatican City in symbolic amounts but as they are eagerly saved as souvenirs by tourists, they are not in short supply for collectors. This twenty euro commemorative is one of a series of gold issues struck for pope Benedict 2005-13 honoring various aspects of the Catholic rite, in this case the Eucharist. While coins up to two euro are legal tender throughout Europe, larger coins are valid only in their country of issue.
Recorded mintage: 3,426.
Specification: 6 g, .917 fine gold, 21 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-402.
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