Pope John Paul II (the first non – Italian Pope in more than 450 years), was born in Poland in 1920 and during his 60th Birthday year, the Pope undertook his first visit to Germany in honor of the 700th death Anniversary (November 1280 in Koln) of St. Albert the Great (Patron Saint of the Scientists).
Base metal medallion issued for the Papal visit. On one side – a portrait of the Pope and the other shows the 18th Century Cathedral at Fulda (site of his visit 17 – 18 November, 1980). The year date is also significant in that it was in large part due to St. Sturm (died 780) that the Monastery at Fulda flourished.
Measures approx 2.375 inches or 6 centimeters diameter x 5 mm thick, weighing 3.7 ounces or 104 grams