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Pius V: Battle of Lepanto

Italian (Rome)
after 1571
Artist Giovanni Antonio de Rossi (Italian)

Mint: Rome, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; copper alloy

Not On View





Circular medal of Pope Pius V (Pope 1566-1572), commemorating the battle of Lepanto (1571). Beaded rim on both faces.

Obverse: Profile bust of Pius V looking to proper left, tonsured and raising right hand in blessing, wearing medal with two busts around neck; inscribed at edge in band “·PIVS·V·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·” and “·AN·V·” and under bust “·IO·ANT·R·F”.

Reverse: Many ships at battle on seas with an angel-like figure on ship slightly proper right of center and possible an arm descending from clouds above; inscribed above “·A·DOMINO·FACTVM·EST·ISTVD·1·5·7·1·”.


Obverse: Inscribed at edge in band "·PIVS·V·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·" and "·AN·V·" and under bust "·IO·ANT·R·F".

Reverse: Inscribed above "·A·DOMINO·FACTVM·EST·ISTVD·1·5·7·1·".


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