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Muntoni 90 duplicate43 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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182523 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 8241 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsDec 02, 2013
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Muntoni 11631 views1689, regnal yr 13stlnatsDec 02, 2013
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Muntoni 10747 views1686, regnal yr 10stlnatsMay 29, 2013
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4 Innocent XII 1699 Half Piastre M 28107 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 M1637 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 3438 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 M5336 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 7224 views1684, regnal yr 8stlnatsApr 06, 2013
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192530 viewsstlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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195027 viewsstlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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1933-429 viewsstlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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200029 views stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7132 views1684, regnal year 8stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7924 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 8018 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7518 views1684, regnal year 8stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 7821 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 11025 views1686, regnal year 10stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 9038 views1685, regnal year 9stlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 8418 viewsUndatedstlnatsFeb 12, 2013
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Muntoni 14620 viewsUndatedstlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 14413 viewsUndatedstlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 13820 viewsUndatedstlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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1925 Private Issue42 viewsOne of the larger issues at 101 mm. 2 commentsstlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 6729 viewsWhile most varieties of the series carriy either a regnal or calendar date, several have neither as this example. Perhaps the spray around the arms on the obverse compensates a bit.stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 11120 views1687, regnal year 11stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 11319 views1688, regnal year 13stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 11534 views1689, regnal year 13stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 9344 views1685, regnal year 9

An interesting, angled rendition of the arms. A similar, but more elaborate, design was used on a mezzo piastra.
stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 10524 views1686, regnal year 10stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 10626 views1686, regnal year 10stlnatsFeb 01, 2013
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Muntoni 8825 views1684 on the obverse, no regnal date.

A handful of the early varieties have the arabic calendar year on the obverse, squeezed above the arms in small letters resulting in a somewhat cluttered looking obverse. Although not every variety carried a date, the subsequent convention appears to be the regnal date on the obverse in Latin numerals, and the calendar year on the reverse in arabic numbers.
stlnatsJan 31, 2013
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Muntoni 8343 views1684 on the obverse, no regnal date.

A handful of the early varieties have the arabic calendar year on the obverse, squeezed above the arms in small letters resulting in a somewhat cluttered looking obverse. Although not every variety carried a date, the subsequent convention appears to be the regnal date on the obverse in Latin numerals, and the calendar year on the reverse in arabic numbers.
stlnatsJan 31, 2013
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Muntoni 7725 views1684, no regnal datestlnatsJan 31, 2013
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Muntoni 9532 views1685, regnal year 9stlnatsJan 31, 2013
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Muntoni 10815 views1686, regnal year 10

This is the first testone I purchased, sometime in the late 1970s. Although always a favorite coin due to the pleasant toning and interesting geometric reverse design, other areas claimed my interest (and money) until the late 1990s when I rediscovered papal medals and coins of the Baroque.
stlnatsJan 31, 2013
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Muntoni 10933 views1686, regnal year 10
Many early papal coins are found with evidence of mounts. These mounts have often been removed with varying degrees of success in attempting a repair. Somewhat unusual with its simple mount intact, this piece provides an interesting example of how these were mounted for use as ornamentation.
stlnatsJan 31, 2013
 
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