500th Anniversary Commemorative Coin
Reformation

500th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

This limited edition coin recognizes the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg door. They are a perfect keepsake of this historic event.

  • Item number: 501787
  • Media type: Other
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  • Region: All
  • Production Year: 2017
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Description

This limited edition coin recognizes the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg door. They are a perfect keepsake of this historic event. The coins are made from antique bronze and measure 1.75 inches in diameter. You will receive a certificate from Christian History Institute explaining the symbolism of the coin and a black velvet display case.

About the coin:

On the ivory (obverse) side, we find a version of Martin Luther’s personal seal. The cross at the center of the heart is a reminder that belief comes from the heart, while the surrounding flower speaks of the joy, comfort, and peace that flow from faith. The letters V-I-V-I-T in the petals spell Vivit—Latin for “he lives” (Acts 1:3, Acts 2:24, I Cor 15:4ff).

The “500” on the reverse (autumnal) side boldly proclaims the anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and includes the dates “31 Oct 1517 – 31 Oct 2017.” In the center we find the Chi Rho symbol, an ancient Greek symbol for Christ, illustrated as a hammer and two spikes to represent the 95 Theses nailed to the Wittenberg Church doors.

Surrounding the 500, the artist placed Post tenebras lux—”After darkness, light,” the Calvinist/Reformed motto of the Reformation—and Simul justus et peccator, “At the same time righteous and a sinner” (Rom 1:17). This verse caused Luther to conclude that we are justified by faith alone, not by works, leading directly to the formation of the five solas, inscribed on the border.

The coin is part of a limited number of coins run by the Northwest Territorial Mint.

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