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Papal/Vatican City Holy Year Medals


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Papal: Innocent XI Testoni


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Some of the most interesting coins of the Baroque period were issued under Innocent XI, who reformed the coinage in July, 1684. He standardized the designs of many of the coins and none is a better example than the testoni issued from 1684 to his death in 1689. All had the same basic design: papal coat of arms on the obverse, and the legend Melius Est Dare Quam Accipere ('tis better to give than to receive) on the reverse. Within these basic parameters the die cutters had amazing latitude in executing their designs, and Muntoni's La Monete Dei Papo e Degli Stati Pontifici lists no less than 90 unique varieties that were issued during these 5 years. Occassionally an obverse or reverse was "muled" with more than one opposite design. And, while there is some variation in the rendering of Innocent's coat of arms, the most noticable difference is the wonderful variation of reverse decoration, distinguished by the use of seraphs, plaques of various shapes, ribbons, ornamental wreaths of various types, a double hexagon, and on and on. Also, every date from 1684 through 1689 appears on at least one variety, although a few have no date at all.

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Interesting Papal Coins of the Baroque


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I'm using this gallery to present a few of my favorite late 17th Century coins. For me, the period covering the last three popes of the century - Innocent XI, Alexander VII and Innocent XII - was the apex of the minter's art. Some of the greatest designers and mintmasters lived during this period and there's a delightful range of varieties and subjects to reward the observant collector. Just a personal statement and definitely a work in progress.

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Muntoni 90 duplicate35 views1685, regnal year 9

An accidental duplicate purchase, but the angled view of the arms on the obverse has always been one of my favorite designs. Similar condition and I'm not sure which I like better so it's just "twice as nice."
stlnatsJun 17, 2014
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182520 viewsModesti Annuale 293.

A "stock" reverse type featuring Pope Leo entering the opened Holy Door. This medal is a "twofor" in that it not only commemorates the 1825 Jubilee Year, but is also the annual medal for year II/1825.
stlnatsDec 31, 2013
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Muntoni 8233 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsDec 02, 2013
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Muntoni 11624 views1689, regnal yr 13stlnatsDec 02, 2013
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Muntoni 10739 views1686, regnal yr 10stlnatsMay 29, 2013
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4 Innocent XII 1699 Half Piastre M 2899 viewsAn amazingly frank portrait of this elderly and ailing pope who died the next year. The reverse features Noah's ark landing on Mt Ararat with water gushing out from below as it makes landfall. The reverse translates " His place is made in peace" and is an abbreviation of Ps 75:5.1 commentsstlnatsApr 07, 2013
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2 Alexander VII 1690 Testone M1632 viewsA coin of this type was one of my first papal acquisitions and hooked me on this interesting series. The oxen on the reverse exude power and one can almost see their muscles move as they pull the plow along. The reverse legend translates "restored supply of grain." stlnatsApr 07, 2013
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3 Innocent XII 1693 Half Piastre M 3433 viewsAn interesting half piastre featuring a pelican as a symbol of self sacrifice. Early church fathers believed the blood on the bird was result of the pelican pecking her own breast to feed her young, as shown on the reverse. Combined with the inspirational legend "not for self, but for others" this was an obvious reference to Christ as model for believers to follow. Lovely and powerful sentiment, but unfortunately the blood is actually the result of captured fish which the pelican had broken up to feed to her chicks. Still, powerful imagery and a great example of the minters art at the end of the 17th century. stlnatsApr 07, 2013
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1 Innocent XI undated Half Piastre M5333 viewsAn interesting obverse type featuring a completely unsymmetrical 3/4 view of the pope's arms. The lion and eagle are remarkably lifelike, quite unusual for elements of coats of arms, and both appear to be ready to leave the coin. The eagle seems particularly interested in testing his wings, perhaps having noticed the lion is watching him with a lean and hungry look.

The reverse translates to "to the greedy it shall not be given." A number of the reformed coins of this pope featured legends encouraging charity.
stlnatsApr 07, 2013
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Muntoni 7222 views1684, regnal yr 8stlnatsApr 06, 2013
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192526 viewsstlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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200025 views stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7126 views1684, regnal year 8stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7919 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsFeb 12, 2013

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4 Innocent XII 1699 Half Piastre M 2899 viewsAn amazingly frank portrait of this elderly and ailing pope who died the next year. The reverse features Noah's ark landing on Mt Ararat with water gushing out from below as it makes landfall. The reverse translates " His place is made in peace" and is an abbreviation of Ps 75:5.1 commentsstlnats
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Muntoni 7222 views1684, regnal yr 8stlnats
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Muntoni 10739 views1686, regnal yr 10stlnats