101062 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Paulus VI silver Medal.
101062 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Paulus VI silver Medal. Issued 1965/Year III. Visit to the Holy Land (44mm, 40.37 g, 12h). By P. Giampaoli in Rome.
PAVLVS • VI • PONT • MAX • MCMLXIV • III, bust left, wearing galero and stole, and raising hand in benediction / View of the Gate of Jerusalem under starry sky; in two lines below, "MANVS TVA / DEDVCET ME" (your hand shall lead me, –Psalm 138:10). Edge: Plain.
Modesti 433; Rinaldi 160. Choice Mint State. Extremely lustrous, with a light golden-amber tone throughout on the obverse, and some darker magenta-cobalt toning near the upper reverse periphery; a few light hairlines are noted for completeness.
Paul VI was known as the "Pilgrim Pope," having traveled during his papacy more so than any of his predecessors. Early in his reign, he embarked on the first papal visit to the Holy Land, meeting in Jerusalem with his counterpart, Athenagoras I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. At this meeting, the excommunications emanating from the Great Schism were finally rescinded, ending a near-1,000-year-long issue.
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