Mint: Rome, Italy
Diameter and weight: 44 mm (1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Metal; probably bronze
Not On View
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”.
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".
1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)
Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow