Josyf Slipyj

This coin commemorates Josef Slipyj (born Yosyp Kobernytskyi-Dychkovskyi). A church leader, a public figure, a pedagogue, a patron of the arts and a theologian, Josef Slipyj was the patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1975 to 1984. Josef Slipyj, who symbolizes the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people, strived to unite Ukrainians throughout the world.

Ukraine 2017 Josyf Slipyj
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Above are Ukraine`s small coat of arms and the issue year of 2017; below are the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine) and the face value 2/ГРИВНІ (2/hryvnias); against a smooth background is the following composition: to the left are the church in Rome built on the orders of Josef Slipyj and the legends СОБОР/СВЯТОЇ/СОФІЇ,/РИМ (Santa/ Sofia/ a Via Boccea); to the right are a depiction of the Lviv cathedral belonging to the Halychyna Metropolinate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which was headed by Metropolitan Josef Slipyj, and where he is buried, and the legends СОБОР/СВЯТОГО/ ЮРА,/ЛЬВІВ (St. George`s/ Cathedral/Lviv); the coin also features the mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works.
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Against a smooth background is a portrait of Josef Slipyj, which appears to be squeezed between the edges of two matt planes symbolizing the patriarch`s martyrdom and self-sacrifice; on each side of the portrait are words from Josef Slipyj`s testament: …МОЛІТЬСЯ,/ПРАЦЮЙТЕ І/БОРІТЬСЯ ЗА/ ЗБЕРЕЖЕННЯ/ХРИСТИЯНСЬКОЇ/ДУШІ (...Pray, work and/fight for/the preservation of/ the Christian soul (to the left), КОЖНОЇ/ЛЮДИНИ/ УКРАЇНСЬКОГО/РОДУ І ЗА ВЕСЬ/УКРАЇНСЬКИЙ/НАРІД… (every/person/Ukrainian/stock and for/ all/ Ukrainians) (to the right) and the legends ПАТРІАРХ ЙОСИФ/СЛІПИЙ (patriarch Josef/Slipyj); beneath is the patriarch`s coat of arms on each side of which are the patriarch`s years of birth and death 1892 and 1984.
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UA734CM1
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€4.5
Mintage: 
35000
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12.8g
Diameter: 
31mm
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