Papal States. Clement XI, 1700-1721 (Gian Francesco Albani). Gold Medal Anno XVIII (1718); 34.40 g. San Giovanni Basilica by Ermenegildo Hamerani.
Obverse: Bust of the Pope with tiara and embroidered pluvial //
Reverse: SVPER FVDAMENTVM APOSTOLOR ET PROPHET, religion is enthroned in front of the church building; Angels carry the cross, the gospel and a book of the law. iA CONSTANTINI BASILICA STATVTIS E PICTVR ORNATA
Of the highest rarity: the only gold example in commerce in the last 20 years with much remaining luster, and stunning prooflike surfaces.
NGC AU 58. TOP POP, the only example graded.
A masterfully ingraved gold medal commemorating the redesign of the Arch Basilica of St. John Lateran, founded in 313 under the Emperor Constantine the Great, which serves as the seat of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope.