1900 Silver Papal Medal Leo XIII AN XXIII By Bianchi Holy Year Opening Holy Door
Description: A nice mint state silver medal issued by the Vatican in 1900 to commemorate the Holy Year and the opening of the Holy Door on the 23rd year of pope Leo XIII papacy. The high relief medal shows the bust of pope Leo XIII facing left on the obverse with the legend "LEO XIII.PONT.MAX.AN.XXIII" surrounding it. The medal was designed by Bianchi. The reverse of the medal shows the image of the pope standing in front of the holy wall with a hammer raised to it and people kneeling and with bowed heads surrounding it. The reverse has the legend "RECLVSI.CAELESTES.THESAVRI." along the edge surrounding the medal and "A.SACRO.MDCCC" (Sacred or Holy Year 1900) in exergue. The medal is nicely toned and has great eye appeal. It is graded by NGC as Mint State MS62 and comes in a plastic holder so labeled. A truly 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.
Origin: Vatican or Papal/Roman States.
Artist: Francesco Bianchi.
Weight and Size: Silver medal ~43 millimeters in diameter.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Marks: BIANCHI on the bottom of the obverse.
Reference: Mazio 846 and Modesti-367.
Condition: The medal is in uncirculated condition and graded MS62 by NGC. It comes in a plastic holder sol labeled. The medal has no observable wear, and minimum surface marks. It is nicely toned and has great eye appeal. A great 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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