101604 | ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal.
101604 | ITALY. Prisoner in the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal. Issued Year XXVI (1903). The pontifical commission on biblical studies (43mm, 35.39 g, 12h). By F. Bianchi in Rome.
LEO • XIII • PONT • MAX • AN • XXVI, bust left, wearing stole and zucchetto / + SPIRITV • SANCTIO • INSPIRATI • LOCVTI • SVNT • SANCTI • DEI • HOMINES, Moses, S. Pietro, S. Paolo, S. Giovanni, and others standing among the clouds; radiant dove above. Edge: Plain.
Mazio 857; Rinaldi 97; Bartolotti 903. Choice Mint State. Highly brilliant and prooflike, with a tremendously vibrant palette—especially on the reverse.
A body established within the Roman Curia in order to ensure that liturgical texts and doctrines are properly construed, the pontifical commission was formally put into place in October 1902 under Pope Pius XIII. This initial commission consisted of three cardinals and 12 consultors.
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