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Leo XIII

Italian (Rome)
1882


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 44 mm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.154

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903).

Obverse: Profile bust of Leo XIII looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “LEO·XIII·PONT MAX·ANNO·V·” and under bust “P.BIANCHI”.

Revesre: Two men, one monk with a cross, one nun with a branch, and one lamb all kneel in the clouds above the dome of Saint Peter’s, before a dove; inscribed at edge “CAELITVM·SANCTORVM HONORES·DECRETI” and in exergue “A·MDCCCLXXXII” with “M” through “I” overscored.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "LEO·XIII·PONT MAX·ANNO·V·" and under bust "P.BIANCHI".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "CAELITVM·SANCTORVM HONORES·DECRETI" and in exergue "A·MDCCCLXXXII" with "M" through "I" overscored.

Provenance

1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow