101602 | ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal.

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    101602  |  ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal. Issued Year VII (1884). The prospectus for the arcade of the Lateran Basilica (43mm, 35.76 g, 12h). By F. Bianchi in Rome.

     

    LEO • XIII • PONT • MAX • ANNO • VII, bust left, wearing stole and zucchetto / View of the portico that joins the Lateran Basilica from the side of the tribune to the monumental Baptistery; in three lines in exergue, PORTICV • PRODVCTA • BASILICA • / CVM • BAPTISTERIO • CONIVNCTO / A • MDCCCLXXXIV •. Edge: Plain.

     

    Mazio 794; Rinaldi 78; Bartolotti 884. Mint State. Exceptionally brilliant and prooflike, with a great peripheral ring of iridescence on the obverse and a deep cobalt and burgundy palette on the reverse; some scattered hairlines are noted in the obverse field.

     

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