101603 | ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal.
101603 | ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal. Issued Year XXIV (1901). The Sepulcher of Innocent III (43mm, 35.07 g, 12h). By F. Bianchi in Rome.
LEO • XIII • PONT • MAX • AN • XXIV, bust left, wearing stole and zucchetto / SEPVLCRVM • INNOCENTIO • III • IN • LATERANO • EXTRVCTVM, façade of the tomb of Pope Innocent III in the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano; LVCHETTI SCVLPSIT in exergue. Edge: Plain.
Mazio 850; Rinaldi 95; Bartolotti 901. Choice Mint State. Highly brilliant and prooflike, with a tremendously vibrant palette—especially on the reverse.
Innocent III was pope from 1198 to 1216, serving as one of the most powerful and influential popes of the entire medieval period. He died outside of Rome while in Perugia, being subsequently buried at the Cathedral there. It was not until 1891 that then-Pope Leo XIII had the former's remains transferred to Rome, with a sepulcher being dedicated to him—the object of this medal.
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