Strike year: 2013
Preservation grade*: PP
Mass: 18 g
Silver content: 16.65 g
Face value: 5 EUR
During the period of the vacancy of the Apostolic See (Sede Vacante), the ordinary governance was assured by the Apostolic Camera, presided over by the Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, and composed of the Vice-Camerlengo and the Prelate Clerics. A historical memory of this transition for the Holy Roman Church and a tangible sign of continuity is the exercise of the right to mint coins of the Sede Vacante. This tradition has historical roots going back to the 14th century and later became a custom after the death of Leo X in 1521. Depicted on the obverse of the Sede Vacante 5 euro silver commemorative coin and the 10 euro gold coin* is a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit and the words VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS (Come, Holy Spirit). On the reverse is the coat of arms of the Camerlengo and above it the symbol of the Apostolic Camera and the words “Città del Vaticano” and “Sede Vacante MMXXIII”.
|Tax||The tax for gold and silver coins is accounted from the difference in price on 102. and 104. article in ZDDV-1 and is on 110. article in ZDDV-1 not shown on the invoice.|
|Preservation||PP: Proof coin struck using a special, high-quality minting process, and made especially for collectors. Modern proof coins often have mirror-like fields and frosted devices.|