Iconic Revolutionaries – Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Mother Teresa became known for her work with the poor, homeless, sick and dying people.
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CIT has been issuing the Iconic Revolutionaries series since 2014. It honors people whose actions changed and (more or less likely) improved our world. The seventh and last issue is dedicated to Mother Teresa, who is also known as the “Saint of the Gutters”. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979; and the Catholic Church canonized her in 2016. Mother Teresa is honored with a 1-ounce silver coin and a 0.5g gold coin with partial color application and smartminting® technology from B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich.

Mongolia / 1000 Togrog / Silver .999 / 1 oz / 38.61 mm / Mintage: 1,000.

Description of the Coin

One side depicts a frontal portrait of Mother Teresa, in the field MOTHER TERESA in Latin and Mongolian script, in the field below 2022.

The other side features the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic script 1000 Togrog, in Latin script MONGOLIA. On the silver coin 1 oz .999 SILVER, on the gold coin 0.5 g .9999 GOLD.

Mongolia / 1000 Togrog / Gold .9999 / 0.5 g / 11 mm / Mintage: 5,000.


Mother Teresa was a Sister of Loreto and devoted to educating young Indian women in Kolkata when the India-Pakistan partition uprooted some 20 million people in 1947. Hindus were not welcome in Islamic Pakistan. The refugees experienced next to no support in India. Thus, Mother Teresa was confronted with the misery of the sick and the dying on the streets of Kolkata on a daily basis. In view of their pain, she founded hospices to allow for the poorest of the poor to die with dignity. Although modern development aid may pursue different goals, it was she who drew the world’s attention to the misery of India’s homeless.

In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Image: Túrelio via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0 de.

CIT dedicates an impressive silver coin to Mother Teresa, showing her in the habit of the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation she founded herself. The religious habit is inspired by the clothes Mother Teresa wore during her work in the 1950s: a white sari with three blue stripes representing poverty, obedience and chastity.

Whereas all previous issues of the Revolutionaries series were colored in shades of gray, Mother Teresa’s sari is depicted featuring its original blue color. Thanks to state-of-the-art smartminting® technology, her portrait was transformed into a realistic, touching image, whose eyes seem to follow the observer wherever they go with loving concentration. This makes the frontal portrait a prime example for the utmost that can be achieved in terms of coin imagery. The quality of the portrait, which was not reduced in the slightest for the small gold coin of 0.5 g, is a masterpiece of minting technology, too.


Here you can find further information about the silver coin and the gold coin.

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