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102219 | ITALY. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal.

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    102219  |  ITALY. Pope Leo XIII silver Medal. Issued Year XVIII (1895/6). On the founding of the Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino (43mm, 35.65 g, 12h). By F. Bianchi in Rome.

     

    LEO XIII PONT MAX AN XVIII, bust left, wearing zucchetto, mantum, and pallium / ALVMNIS MAGNI BENEDICTI IN SPEM VETERIS GLORIAE / INSTITVENDIS, St. Anselm standing left, giving blessing to two Benedictines to left; kneeling angel with book to his back; behind, façade of Saint Anselm on the Aventine; in two lines in exergue, CONLEGIVM ANSELMIANVM / IN AVENTINO. Edge: Plain.

     

    Bartolotti E895; Rinaldi 89. Mint State. Rather brilliant and prooflike, with a smoky iridescence to the toning; some lightly scattered hairlines are noted for completeness.

     

    St. Anselm was an 11th-early 12th century Benedictine monk and theologian in the Catholic Church, born in Normandy and eventually serving the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 until his death in 1109. In Rome, the College of Sant'Anselmo was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1887 as an international Benedictine college named in honor of him.

     

    Upload: 15 February 2023.

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