A Thorn from Christ’s Crown of Thorns — Now an NFT

Jillian Godsil
2 min readDec 27, 2021

A rare digital twin from an event that holds an emotional and spiritual meaning for billions of people around the world will soon be available as an NFT, or non-fungible token.

In a world first, Artentik (www.Artentik.com), the digital marketplace for Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa (SCML), Portugal’s 500-year-old social enterprise organisation and keeper of the Museum and Church of Sao Roque in Lisbon will be dropping a reliquary that holds what is believed to be a Holy Thorn from Christ’s Crown of Thorns as a NFT on December 28th.

In total, there will be 1 million NFTs created from the Thorn to allow people to connect with this special relic in the same way a commemorative coin can celebrate a time, occasion or person. This December 10,000 will be released allowing people to purchase this special NFT at €300 each.

“While the Thorn will hold enormous spiritual meaning for many people, it can also have a protective or talisman nature, because as a relic touched by Christ it is considered to have a healing power,” says Margarida Montenegro, head of Santa Casa’s Culture Direction.

“Before the advent of NFTs it would not have been possible to give people the opportunity to own such a unique piece of history and to be able to enjoy it’s beauty, set in rock crystal, gold and…