1752 Papal State Pope Benedict XIV Anno XII Annual Bronze Medal Allegorical Security
Description: A nice extremely fine or better papal states bronze medal with the image of the bust of Pope Benedict XIV who was pope in the period 1740-1758 on the obverse. The bust of the pope is facing right with the inscription "BENED.XIV .PONTA.MAX.AN.XII" along the edge of the medal. The reverse shows a nude reclining on a column with the date 1752 inscribed on it. There are children at her feet and a fortification wall in the background. The nude represents Securitas the goddess of security and stability in Roman Mythology. The reverse has the legend "SECURITAS PUBLICA" which translates to "Public Security" along the edge and the legend "MOENIA URBIS RESTAURATA" which translates to "Walls Restored" in exergue. The medal is dark in toning and has nice eye appeal. The edge of the medal is plain and unmarked. This is a nice looking medal, which would make a worthy addition to any collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The medal is dated 1752.
Origin: Vatican or Papal/Roman States.
Artist: Ottone Hamerani.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~27.4 grams, is ~39.2 millimeters in diameter, and ~2 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Mint in Rome.
Reference: Lincoln 1856 and Mazio 472.
Condition: The medal is in extremely fine condition. The medal shows some wear to the high point, some scratching and a few dings to the surface and the edges. These are minor and do not distract from the medal's beauty. The edge of the medal is plain and unmarked. A nice historic Catholic piece to add to your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.
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