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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 4, January 22, 2006, Article 14

POPE MAKES CAMEO APPEARANCE ON MINNESOTA QUARTER?

In the "I'm not making this up, I'm not that creative"
department is this article from the Cincinnati, OH area:

"Pat O'Connell never knows what's going to walk through
the door of his Mason store.

Two weeks ago it was Pope John Paul II on the face of a
2005 Minnesota state quarter.

The Mason resident's business, QuikDrop, is an eBay
drop off store where people can bring items they want
to sell online."

"The quarter was brought in by a very religious Florence,
Ky., man because he believes it shows the pope praying
over the state of Minnesota, O'Connell said.

The man, who did not want to be identified, collects state
quarters, he said. His wife brought the coin home from her
job at a Pilot gas station in Richwood, Ky., because it
was the first Minnesota quarter she had seen.

O'Connell said the man believes that because the image
appears to be praying over the state whose capital is St.
Paul this is a sign that the late pope will be canonized
in the near future.

The quarter has been in circulation and appears to have
been minted with the image, he said.

QuikDrop posted the listing for $2,500 on eBay, but
received no bids by close of auction at 5 p.m. Thursday."

"O'Connell said he has received phone calls and e-mails
from people that said they too believed the image to be
the late pope.

He has also heard from people who think the image looks
more like an arrowhead."

"However, O'Connell does believe there is a flaw in the
coin's minting and knows that in itself can make the
quarter valuable."

Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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