1920 Vatican Bronze Medal Pope Benedict XV Anno VII Canonization of St. Jerome and St. Ephraem
Description: A nice papal states bronze medal with the image of the bust of Pope Benedict XV on the obverse. Benedict XV was pope in the period 1914-1922. This the 7th year issue papal medal commemorating the proclamation of two new saints St. Jerome and St. Ephraem or Ephrem the doctor of the Church. The reverse shows the images of St. Jerome and St. Ephraem both reading with a lion at their feet. The obverse shows the bust of the pope facing left with the inscription "BENEDICTUS.XV.PONT.MAX.A.VII" along the edge surrounding the pontiff's bust with the name of the engraver Mistruzzi below the bust. The reverse shows the two saints reading with St. Jerome looking at St. Ephraem with the lion at their feet with the holy Ghost within sunbeam on top. The design is surrounded by the legend "DOCTORUM.SCRIPTURAE.DUX.CELEBRATUS" along the edge with the inscription "NUMERUS.ACTUS.ANNO.MCMXX" in exergue The medal is nicely toned in a rich brown coloring with very 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.
Origin: Vatican or Papal/Roman States.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~31 grams, is ~44 millimeters in diameter, and ~3 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Marks: Marked MISTRVZZI below the pope's bust on the obverse.
Reference: De Luca No. 62 and Mazio 880.
Condition: For international buyers, please note that the new US postal rates for overseas shipping are very high and we are unable to change them. Additional charges will be incurred depending on the value of the item. Please check the cost of shipping before bidding. The medal is in about uncirculated or much better condition. The medal shows minimum wear if any to the high point, some scratching and a few dings to the surface. The edge of the medal is plain and is unmarked. It has some minor scratches to the surface and some minor dings to the edge. 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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