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Pius IX

Italian (Rome)
1861
Designed by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Italian (Naples), 1598–1680), After Gaspare Morone Mola (Italian, died in 1 died in 1669)


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

RES.23.194

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·PONT·MAX·ANNO XV·” and under bust “[L.BIANCH F]”.

Reverse: A cathedra (bishop’s chair) at center, being lifted by four ecclesiastical figures (probably archbishops or pervious popes) with clouds and rays of light behind; inscribed below “L.BIANCHI F.” and in exergue “FIDEI REGVIA/ECCLES·FVNDAMENTVM”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS IX·PONT·MAX·ANNO XV·" and under bust "[L.BIANCH F]".

Reverse: Inscribed below "L.BIANCHI F." and in exergue "FIDEI REGVIA/ECCLES·FVNDAMENTVM".

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