Does the Vatican have its currency?

The history of Vatican currency is a long one. The oldest papal coins we know of were stamped by Pope Zacharias (741-52), Pope Gregory III, and possibly Pope Gregory II (715-741). The reason earlier popes didn’t make their own money is that the right to coin money belonged to sovereigns and early popes didn’t have … Read more

Where Is the Vatican?

The Vatican, or officially Vatican City State, is the last remnant of once powerful Papal States. The term Vatican was in use all the way back to the Roman Republic, denoting the marshy area on the west bank of Tiber, across the ancient city. The area was considered sacred and for a long time it … Read more