2009 - Saint Alphonsa Birth Centenary - VIP and Proof Set

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In the Year 2009 there were five commemorative sets that were released. The begning saw a release with the theme of Saint Alphonsa Birth Centenary.
The details are:

Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu: (19 August 1910 – 28 July 1946) is a Catholic Saint, the first person of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church and the first canonized saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church of the Saint Thomas Christian community.

Alphonsamma, as she was locally known, was born in Arpookara Village Archdiocese of Changanassery. She joined the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, and through them, completed schooling and made her permanent vows in 1936. She taught school for years but was plagued by illness.

She died on 28 July 1946, aged 35. She is buried at Bharananganam, Travancore (present day Kerala) in the Diocese of Palai.

Claims of her intervention began almost immediately upon her death, and often involved the children of the convent school where she used to teach. The cause of Sister Alphonsa began on 2 December 1953 in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Palai and she was declared a Servant of God. She was declared Venerable on 9 July 1985 by Pope John Paul II. Her beatification was declared 8 February 1986 by Pope John Paul II at Kottayam.

Hundreds of miraculous cures are claimed for her intervention, many of them involving straightening of clubbed feet, possibly because of her having lived with deformed feet herself. Two of these cases were submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as proof of her miraculous intervention. The continuing cures are chronicled in the magazine PassionFlower.

On Sunday, 12 October 2008, Pope Benedict XVI announced her canonization at a ceremony at Saint Peter's Square

Release Function

23-Aug-2009: By Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee by handing over the first set to Bishop Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil at Bharananganam, Kochi.

VIP Set: Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10

Proof Set: Both the coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5

The Coins

UNC Set: Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5
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Mint Card: Single Coin of Rs 5
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