Artist Ignazio Bianchi (Italian, active 1848–1869)
Mint: Rome, Italy
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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·AN·XXXI·” and on bust “I·BIANCHI”.
Reverse: Haloed man (possibly Joseph) standing at center, holding a flower in his right hand over haloed woman seated at proper left with child on her lap and personification of Ecclesia, kneeling at proper right on a plinth and holding keys in her right hand and a small church in her left; inscribed above “IOSEPHVS·MARIAE·V·SPONSVS”, on plinth “[ ]ANC PETRAM[ ]”, and in exergue “ECCLESIAE·CATH·/PATRONVS·DATVS/1871/I·BIANCHI·F·”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS·IX·PONT·MAX·AN·XXXI·" and on bust "I·BIANCHI".
Reverse: Inscribed above "IOSEPHVS·MARIAE·V·SPONSVS", on plinth "[ ]ANC PETRAM[ ]", and in exergue "ECCLESIAE·CATH·/PATRONVS·DATVS/1871/I·BIANCHI·F·".
1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)
Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow