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Pius IX

Italian (Rome)
1846
Artist Guiseppe Cerbara (Italian (Roman), 1770–1856)


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

RES.23.181

Medium or Technique

Metal; probably bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878).

Obverse: Profile bust of Pius IX looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “PIVS·IX·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·ANNO·I” and under bust “GIVS·CERBARA·F·”.

Reverse: Triangle shape with rays of light above Justice who is flanked by a woman at each side as well as a lion and camel at proper right and a woman holding a branch at proper right; inscribed at edge “SACROS·SEDES·LATER·POSSESS·” and in exergue “VI·IDVS·NOV·/MDCCCXXXXVI·/·GC·”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS·IX·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·ANNO·I" and under bust "GIVS·CERBARA·F·".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "SACROS·SEDES·LATER·POSSESS·" and in exergue "VI·IDVS·NOV·/MDCCCXXXXVI·/·GC·".

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