Vatican Bronze Medal Pope Clement VIII A XII Bridge at Marmore Fall Velino River
Description: A beautiful and rather scarce bronze medal issued by the Vatican. This is an official early restrike of papal state bronze medal. The medal shows the image of the bust of Pope Clement VIII facing left on the obverse. Clement VIII was pope in the period 1592-1605. The reverse shows the images of river falls under s bridge with trees and mountains in the background. The obverse shows the bust of the pope wearing a decorated collar facing left with the inscription "CLEMENS.VIII.PONT.MAX.AN.XII" along the edge surrounding the pontiff's bust. The reverse has a legend "VELLINO EMISSO.A.MDC." surrounding the image of the falls and bridge. Both obverse and reverse have beaded edge. A beautiful early restrike papal medal. The medal is nicely toned in a dark brown coloring with very nice eye appeal. The edge of the medal is smooth, rounded, and unmarked. The medal was issued to commemorate the completion of a bridge over the Marmore falls on the Velino river by the architect Fontana by direction of Clement VIII. 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: Uncertain but most likely late 1700s to mid 1800s.
Artist: Giorgio Ranvennatis based on Lincoln or Giorgio Rancetti based on the Jencius Coins website.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~33.3 grams, is ~41 millimeters in diameter, and ~2 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: Struck by the Mint of Rome.
Marks: Marked GIOR. R. on the edge of the pope's bust.
Reference: Lincoln 871 and Mazio 165.
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 rich brown toning. The medal shows no wear, no appreciable scratching and minimum marking to the surface. The medal shows a mark on the reverse left by a crack in the dies, which is similar to the one shown in the photo in Mazio's book. A nice and scarce 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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