Pope Benedict XVI Medal. Silver plated ,999
Silver-plated commemorative medal of Benedict's pontificate
Benedict XVI, secular name Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany, April 16, 1927), was the 265th Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and head of state of the Vatican City. He was elected on April 19, 2005, after the death of John Paul II, by the cardinals who voted in conclave.
On February 28, 2013, he retired and assumed the title of pope emeritus, intending to devote himself to prayer and spiritual retreat. His resignation was announced by himself days before, on February 11, an exceptional decision in the history of the papacy
Although the closest Supreme Pontiff to resignation was Gregory XII (1415), the precedent of Celestine V (1294) is the only one whose resignation can be said to have been free and voluntary.
Almost two weeks after retiring from Vatican City, 115 cardinals elected in the 2013 conclave the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took office under the name Francis.
- Minten in silver plated .999
- Year: 2013
- Diameter: 38mm
- Mintage: 2500 pcs