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2017 Vatican €2 BU Coin "Fatima Apparitions 100 Years"

RSM Price: $39.95
Item Number: VA17BMBU2
  • Mint: Italian Mint
  • Denomination: €2
  • Quality: Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: 80,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 25.75 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 grams
  • Artist: Silvia Petrassi
  • Box/Capsule: No/Blister
  • Certificate: Printed Folder
 

Additional Information

Please click here for the official anniversary web page in English!

This coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions.

Our Lady of Fátima is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary based on the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. The three children were Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Beginning in the spring of 1917, the children reported apparitions of an Angel, and starting in May of 1917, apparitions of the Virgin Mary, who the children described as the "Lady of Fátima".

The children reported a prophecy that prayer would lead to an end to the Great War, and that on October 13th of that year that the Lady would reveal her identity and perform a miracle "so that all may believe."

Newspapers reported the prophecies, and many pilgrims began visiting the area. The children's accounts were deeply controversial, drawing intense criticism from both local secular and religious authorities.

A provincial administrator briefly took the children into custody, believing the prophecies were politically motivated in opposition to the officially secular First Portuguese Republic established in 1910.

The events of October 13th became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

On May 13 1946, Pope Pius XII granted a canonical coronation to the venerated image enshrined at the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fátima. On 11 November 1954, the same Pontiff later raised the Sanctuary of Fatima to the status of Minor Basilica by his Papal brief Luce Superna. The reported apparitions at Fátima were officially declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church, which commemorates the event on the same date.

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