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Commemorative Silver Banknote – Giovanni da Pian del Carpine

On the occasion of the Holy Father Pope Francis’s visit in Mongolia, the Embassy of Italy has released a special commemorative silver banknote.

The cultural project initiated by the Italian Embassy on the above-mentioned subject dedicated to the Franciscan Catholic Italian Missionary Fr. Giovanni da Pian del Carpine in collaboration with the Mongol Bank has commenced several months ago.

The subject of the banknote is to reintroduce and lighten the first ever Italian diplomatic mission in Mongol Empire. Back in 1245, when Pope Innocent IV sent his Ambassador, the Catholic Italian Religious Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, to the Mongol Empire to deliver his letter of peace. Giovanni presented the Papal letter to Guyuk Khan in 1246 and received his reply. Two years later, after his long trip to Italy, Pian del Carpine has presented his treatise “Historia Mongalorum”, the most detailed document on the Mongol Empire and Mongols to the Western World.

The historical moment of Giovanni da Pian del Carpine as presenting the letter of Pope to Great Guyuk Khan has been etched in the silver banknote. The original illustration, the mural painting fresco, by the Italian futurist painter Gerardo Dottori has been produced in 1949 in the Council Hall of Magione town, the original hometown of Giovanni.

The Embassy is pleased to inform that the additional information such as photographs and pricing can be found on the website of the Bank of Mongolia and eventually the order and purchase of this special product is available on the same platform.