Coins of Cardinal Virtues Part 2: JUSTICE

In this article series, I selected to feature the coins from Vatican City that depicts the four cardinal virtues. Last week, I showed the coin with cardinal virtue of prudence.

Today, we will look at a second Vatican City coin that depicts the cardinal virtue JUSTICE.

1953 5 Lire - Pivs XII Vatican City

Standard Circulating Coin minted from 1951 to 1958

The reverse of the coin shows the figure of Justice (Latin: Iustitia) standing with sword and scales. Lady Justice is holding a sword as a representation of the power and strength of justice. Lady Justice is also holding a scale that represents the balance and fairness of justice. Lady Justice originates from the personification of Justice in Ancient Roman art known as Iustitia who is equivalent to the Greek goddesses Themis.
Obverse: Pope Pius XII facing right.


A virtue is a habitual disposition to do good. Among all the virtues, there are four that play a pivotal role and accordingly are called cardinal.
  • Prudence, which disposes the practical reason to discern in every circumstance one's true good and to choose the right means of achieving it.
  • Justice, which consists in the firm and constant will to give others their due.
  • Fortitude, which ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.
  • Temperance, which moderates the attraction of the pleasures of the senses and provide balance in the use of created foods.
In Christian moral theology, Justice is a quality or habit which perfects the will and inclines it to render to each and to all what belongs to them. The object of the virtue of justice is the other person’s rights, whether natural or bestowed by Church or State. Justice requires that all persons should be left in the free enjoyment of all their rights. The rights which belong to every human being inasmuch as he is a person are absolute and inalienable.
This is the second installment of four articles featuring coins that depict the Cardinal Virtues. I hope to see you again when I show the other two coins.


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Very cool coins. I've never come across any Vatican coins!

In time you will, my friend @fat-elvis! I am glad to be able to show you the few that I have. I like most the first ones I showed in recent articles here:
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Nicely done, sis! I like the theological definition of justice. Whereas we think of justice being done, maybe a lot right now especially, it's nice to be re-grounded in it's meaning. People's ideas of justice isn't always true justice. God is the key to this! Thanks for sharing the lovely coins!🤗💕🌸

Studying the cardinal virtues and learning more about it surely helps one apply it with greater understanding in the daily circumstances if ordinary daily life. I appreciate your comment. Justice is a virtue practiced towards God first and then to others, starting with those whom God placed close to us.
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another great post, just curious do they bring out new coins with each Pope?

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Thank you, @tattoodjay, for your encouragement. And yes, the coins of the Vatican oftentimes depict the current Pope, except for the times that there is no one elected yet, and it can case, it will be the figure of the Holy Spirit that is depicted, like this one:

When the euros were implemented, the first series that came out showed Pope Pope John Paul II, then it was Benedict, and then the current Pope Francis.
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Thanks, for the info so interesting

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I love the Reverse of this coin "Justice"! The standing Justice with a sword, and the scales is a very powerful illustration!
You have a very good collection @silversaver888, so interesting!!!
Awesome coins to remember your trip my friend!!!
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The other representation of justice is a blindfold on Lady Justice's eyes. The symbolism is more for temporal matters as in the court justice system to indicate the fact that justice is blind, and that justice is delivered in an objective and an impartial manner. In the Christian faith, justice and mercy go hand in hand.
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Very true... In the secular world blind justice is very much different than justice in the Christian faith. We seek Gods Forgiveness, sometimes we don't deserve it....
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