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Gregory XVI

Circular medal of Pope Gregory XVI (1765-1846). Obverse: View of a mountain city focusing on man-made structure around a waterfall; inscribed at edge "OPVS·BIENNIO·ANTE·INCHOATVM·ANNO·MDCCCXXXV·ABSOLVTAM*" and on rock at proper right "CERBARA/IOSEPH/.F.". Reverse: Reclining male river...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "OPVS·BIENNIO·ANTE·INCHOATVM·ANNO·MDCCCXXXV·ABSOLVTAM*" and on rock at proper right "CERBARA/IOSEPH/.F.". Reverse: Inscribed at edge "**PROVID·GREGORII·XVI*PERFOSSA·CATILLI·RVPE·ALVEVS·ANIENI·AVERTENDO·DVPLEX·APERTVS" and in exergue "CERBARA.IOSEPH.F.ANNO./.1836.".

Provenance

1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow

Italian (Rome), 1825

Mint

Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 69 mm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.169

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals