of Padua, born Fernando Martins de Bulhoes, known also as the Hammer
of the Heretics was a prolific explorer of the world at a time when
most people never left their own villages. Born to wealth and
comfort, he threw it all away to enter the priesthood, explore the world
and live as a Francisan monk. He died only 10 years after joining
the order, but traveled on long trips more than 400 times during that
time. He explored widely, preached his faith and brought enlightenment
and education to countless people.
On the face
side of the coin we have St Anthony with hand raised in benediction
surrounded by the symbols of his travels and faith. The flaming
heart of his desire to share his faith, the fish he preached to who
responded to his words, the bread given to the poor in exchange for
healing a child by miracle and the famous psalter containing his personal
notes that was lost and then found again through an act of devotion.
His personal symbol of the pure Lily is centered below and the fleur
de lis, ancient symbol of the lily lies to the west where he began his
journeys into the world from Lisbon, Portugal by land and ship.
On the obverse
we have the symbols of his namesake and office. The Hammer of
Heretics was so named for his unrelenting obstinacy against all obstructions
faced in sharing his faith. Often compared to a goat or ram, the
flaming desire of his faith lead him to break down his foes by hammering
at them with logic, intuition and inspiration. The words "revelabit
succinctos" translate from Latin as "reveal that which is
hidden". The symbol of the lily, hammer and flaming crown
all project over the crimson crucifix of his faith. The surrounding
words known as the Prayer of Saint Anthony surround the coin border
proclaiming his message.
A world explorer,
researcher, teacher finder of the hidden is an inspiration to cachers
for all time!
Domini! Fugite partes adversae! Vicit Leo de tribu Juda, Radix David!
Alleluia! translate to "Behold the Cross of the Lord! Be
gone all evil powers! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, The root of David
has conquered! Alleluia!