Pius IX: Pope Visiting his Dominions
Mint: Rome, Italy
Mazio, 721. Spink, 2285.
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), commemorating Pius’ visit to the towns of his land.
Obverse: Profile bust of Pius IX looking to proper right; inscribed at edge “PIVS IX·PONT·MAX·AN·XIII·” and under bust “L.BIANCHI”.
Reverse: Man (possibly a cardinal) standing at proper left with three men and a horse behind him, and giving blessing to a kneeling woman at proper right, with four people standing behind her, all before a landscape; inscribed below “L BIANCHI” and in exergue “OPT·PR·PROVINCIAE·LVSTRATIO/ANNO MDCCCLVII·”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS IX·PONT·MAX·AN·XIII·" and under bust "L.BIANCHI".
Reverse: Inscribed below "L BIANCHI" and in exergue "OPT·PR·PROVINCIAE·LVSTRATIO/ANNO MDCCCLVII·".
1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)
Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow