1700s Cast Bronze Restitution Medal Pope Gelasio or Gelasuis I Casper Lauffer Biographical Medal
Description: A nicely toned cast bronze biographical medal with the image of the bust of Pope and Saint Gelasius or Gelasio I who was pope in the period 492-496. Pope and Saint Gelasius was one of a couple of popes originating from Africa. The obverse of the medal shows the bust of the pope facing left having a halo on to of his head with the inscription "S.GELASIVS.PONT.MAX." surrounding the pontiff's bust. The bottom of the bust has initials of which we only identify the letter B for the artist who designed the medal. The reverse shows Latin inscription which represents biographical information about the pops. This medal is one of a series issued by Casper Lauffer in 1700s to commemorate popes for which no medals were issued during the reign. The medal is listed in Modesti Volume V as 2149. The medal has light toning with nice eye appeal. The edge of the medal is plain. 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 was cast sometime in the early 1700s.
Origin: Vatican or Papal/Roman States.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~21.6 grams, is ~37.5 millimeters in diameter, and ~2 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Marks: Two initials at the bottom edge of the pontiff's bust with one being a "B" and the second uncertain.
Condition: The medal is in extremely fine to about uncirculated condition. The medal shows some wear to the highest point, some scratching and a few dings to the surface. The edge of the medal is plain and unmarked. It has some minor scratches and some minor nicks to the surface. These are minor and do not distract from the medal's beauty. 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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