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Pius IX: Fire inside Saint Paul's Basilica

Circular medal of Pius IX (1792-1878), commemorating the reconsecration of Saint Paul's, following the fire of 1823. Obverse: Profile bust of Pius IX looking to proper left; inscribed in band at edge "PIVS·IX·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·-[rosette]-". Reverse: Church interior in state of ruin;...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "PIVS·IX·PONTIFEX·MAXIMVS·-[rosette]-". Reverse: Inscribed below "GIROMETTI FEC." and in exergue "BASILIC·S·PAVLI EX INCENDIO/·XV·IVL·MDCCCXXIII".

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), 1854

Mint

Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Mazio, 664. Spink, 2221.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 51 mm (2 in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.166

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals