The new Vatican 20 Euro silver coin. HERE

In the past, these coins and the annual medals have been used to make statements.  Some have been pretty dramatic, such as the famous Paul VI medal of 1973.

But this?   Apart from the cartoonish quality… the jab?

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  1. DvdH says:

    I hope they’ll only mint as per the demand. Otherwise it’ll be more money wasted.

  2. Gab says:

    ”vanity of vanities, and all is vanity”.

  3. Lurker 59 says:

    If these weren’t $20, they would make perfect gag gifts. Cannot stop laughing, they are so awful and on-the-nose pandering.

  4. WVC says:

    Geez – talk about monomaniacs. Branch Covidians are obsessed with their holy sacrament of the jab. Anyone trying to tell me this isn’t a false religion can go join the local Jehovah’s Witness chapter.

  5. Ivan says:

    But hey, this is just another kind of fruit of the Vatican II revolution, no?

    [Perhaps you could connect the dots for us. How is this a fruit of the Vatican II revolution. Make your instructive case!]

  6. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Is that an M.D. on the left having a nurse or doctor’s assistant on the right do the actual injecting?

    Victimae injectionis laudes?

    An abortifacient for a pregnant man?

    Or a contraceptive for whatever sort of man?

    Or, whatever (experimental) stuff the doctor orders?

    The most distinct frame-breaking feature is the left index finger pointing to the zero.

    Zero population growth?

    Zero people uninjected?

  7. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Just thought to check a little ‘classical’ iconography, and… the crossed hands of the Injected look pretty much like, for example, the Imago Pietatis of the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome, and many apparent imitations of this – such as Israhel van Meckenem’s 1495 copper-plate engraving which put me onto this ‘trail’. The illustrations in the French Wikipedia article, “Homme de douleurs” are well worth a look – perhaps especially the detail of two angels flanking our Lord (!) The illustrations of the Dutch “Man van Smarten” article are also worth a look. My first thought was looking at depictions of the Crowning with Thorns – and, indeed, the same crossed Hands are in the illustration of the Wikipedia article, “Christ Crowned with Thorns (Heemskerck)”. Many illustrations of the German “Ecce homo” article show that it is an iconographic feature there, too. Is it far-fetched to think that the folks at the Vatican Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico have been deliberately indulging in a particularly creepy and impudent depiction, here?

  8. roma247 says:

    I was absolutely certain this was straight from the Babylon Bee. Is it April Fool’s Day again? Sheesh…

  9. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thanks to Diana Montagna and Kennedy Hall, I now see – probably in common with many others who have submitted comments – that the Commercializzazione Filatelica e Numismatica have a Description on their website including “The 20 euro silver coin, designed by Chiara Principe, is dedicated to a current theme that is very close to Pope Francis’ heart: treatments to counter the pandemic and the need to be vaccinated. The coin depicts a doctor, a nurse and a young person who is ready to receive the vaccine. The Holy Father has repeatedly stressed the importance of vaccination, recalling that healthcare is ‘a moral obligation’, and it is important to ‘continue efforts to immunise even the poorest peoples’.”

  10. Uniaux says:

    It seems that there’s been a lot of questionable commemorative coins coming out of there the past few years – they even seem to have some sort of protective coin binder with a picture of Francis holding the demon bowl emblazoned on the front. (Where is that bowl?)

  11. Thomas S says:

    It looks like the fake “New State Quarters” from the bits Conan O’Brien used to do on Late Night.

  12. Kathleen10 says:

    On the flip side they’ve got him lying on a slab in the morgue.

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