1969 Vatican Bronze Annual Medal Pope Paul VI Anno VII Sacred Gift of Human Life
Description: A beautiful bronze medal issued by the Vatican. This is a papal state bronze annual medal issued in 1969-1970 during the reign of Paul VI representing year VII. The medal shows the head of the pontiff with his hand up in the blessing motion on the obverse. The obverse has the legend "PAULUS VI PONT.MAX.AN.VII" in front and under the head. The reverse shows the images of two women, the Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, with the Virgin holding a child, representing Mother Church, defending the sacred gift of human life. The reverse also has the inscription "SACRUM UMANAE VITAE DONUM ECCLESIA MATER DEFENDIT" along the edge surrounding the image. Both the obverse and reverse are marked Calvelli for Ettore Calvelli the engraver. A beautiful papal medal with a great modern design. The medal has very nice eye appeal. The edge of the medal is smooth and unmarked. 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: 1969 on the 7th year of Paul VI reign.
Origin: Vatican City.
Artist: Ettore Calvelli.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~40.7 grams, is ~44 millimeters in diameter, and ~3 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Marks: Calvelli on the obverse and reverse.
Reference: De Luca 332.
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 what I would characterize as uncirculated condition with nice eye appeal. The medal shows no wear, no appreciable scratching and minimum marking to the surface. A nice medal, which would make a great addition to your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.
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