102231 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Paulus VI silver Medal.
102231 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Paulus VI silver Medal. Issued 1964. Commemorating his visit to the Holy Land (38mm, 21.64 g, 12h). By Colombo, Figli, and Mina in Rome.
PAULUS VI PONT MAX, bust right, wearing zucchetto, mantum, and decorated pallium / AD MEM PEREGRINATIONIS PAULI VI IN TERRAM SANCTAM / IV VI JAN MCMLXIV, facade of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; below, cross of Jerusalem along with open arms crossed around Latin cross. Edge: Plain.
Choice Gem Mint State. Exceedingly brilliant and prooflike, with a deep iridescence sprinkled throughout.
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 At this meeting, the excommunications emanating from the Great Schism were finally rescinded, ending a near-1,000-year-long issue.
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