In this article series, I will feature coins that depict the four cardinal virtues starting with the cardinal virtue of prudence.
1958 10 Lire - Pivs XII Vatican CityStandard Circulating Coin minted from 1951 to 1958
The reverse of the coin shows the figure of Prudence (Latin: Prudentia). Prudence holds a serpent signifying self-control and the ability to judge between actions appropriate to the situation presenting itself at any given time.
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.
This is the first installment of four articles featuring coins that depict the Cardinal Virtues. I hope to see you again when I show the other three coins.
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