102257 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Ioannes XXIII silver Medal.
102257 | ITALY. Vatican City. Pope Saint Ioannes XXIII silver Medal. Issued Year I (1958). The Centennial of the Marian apparition Our Lady of Lourdes (43mm, 41.21 g, 12h). By A. Mistruzzi in Rome.
IOANNES • XXIII • PONTIFEX • MAXIMUS • AN • I, bust left, wearing camauro, mozzetta, and stole / + MARIALIS • ANNVS • PRÆSENTIBVS • NOBIS • LAPVRDI • CELEBRATVR, Our Lady of Lourdes standing facing, orans and with nimbus crown of 12 stars, upon globe with caushed serpent; procession of the sick in background. Edge: «hallmark» 986.
Bartolotti E959; Modesti 68; Rinaldi 153. Gem Mint State. Highly brilliant and reflective fields, with some pleasing relief to the frosted portrait, all while some burgundy and cobalt cosmic/galaxy-inspired toning dances throughout.
The Marian apparition near the town of Lourdes in southern France was first seen by a 14-year-old girl, and reappeared to her, along with a growing contingent of followers, 17 additional times during 1858—many of which were in late February and early March of that year. On account of this reoccurring miracle, numerous churches were eventually built at Lourdes, with the girl who first encountered the apparition, Bernadette Soubirous, being elevated to sainthood in 1933 by Pope Pius XI.
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