Rare 2005 Vatican Euro Proof Set Available in time for the Beatification of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II On May first, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jozef Wojtyia, the first pope from Poland and serving the second longest pontificate, will be Beatified in the third step toward becoming a Saint (the fourth being canonization, which requires yet another bona-fide miracle), and will be then known as 'Blessed.' The miracle which has led to John Paul II's Beatification is described by Cardinal Angelo Amato in an interview on Vatican Radio: "The miracle is the cure of French Sister Marie Simon Pierre from Parkinson’s. The disease was diagnosed in 2001 by her physician and by other specialists.� Sister received proper treatment, which was not, however, apt to cure the disease, but only to attenuate her pain.� At the news of the death of Pope John Paul II, who had suffered from the same disease, Sister Marie and her companions began to invoke the deceased Pontiff, asking him for healing. On June 2, 2005, tired and overwhelmed by the pain, Sister Marie made her intention to be released from professional work known to her religious superior. Her superior, however, invited Sister Marie to trust in the intercession of John Paul II. Sister Marie then retired for the night, which she passed quietly.� On awakening she felt healed.� Her pains had disappeared, and she felt no stiffness in her joints.� It was June 3, 2005, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sister Marie immediately interrupted her medical treatment and saw her doctor, who could only confirm that Sister Marie had been healed." An amazing story. And now you can have a rare set of the last coins issued during the reign of His Holiness, and before the issuance of the 'Vacant See' coins later in 2005 (which have no papal image, as they signify the vacancy of the papacy). This set includes a specially issued silver medal entitled "The Crucifixion" by famed Florentine artist Cimabue. (note: coin images are from the official Euro site, which may not depict the correct date. This set IS a 2005 set). The coins come in a lovely velvet green case with closure, and will be shipped via registered mail ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, insured for the full final bid value. Registered mail charge is $25.00, regardless of final value and includes packing and shipment by first class or priority registered mail, whichever is faster to your area. The shipment will require a signature (USPS rules). for history on how I pack and ship. And please write with any questions. I hope you will look upon this item as an investment in history, and enjoy them for generations to come. !