Vatican Euro Will Bear John Paul II´s Image

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 14, 2001 ( It is official: The Holy See´s Philatelic and Numismatic Office said it will mint euro coins bearing the image of John Paul II.

When the single European currency begins to circulate next Jan. 1, the Vatican will also have its euro.

Vatican State will mint a limited quantity of these coins under an agreement that allows small countries to have different versions of the currency for internal circulation. The coin, likely be a collector´s item, will be valid currency throughout Europe.

The principality of Monaco and the republic of San Marino also plan to mint special versions of the currency.