Papal States, Pius IX, 1846-1878, Gold Medal 1862, PCGS SP 63, Top Pop

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Papal States. Pius IX, 1846-1878. Large Gold Medal of 15 ducats AN XVII (1862); 51.12 g.  by C. Voigt. For the reintroduction of the "Peterspfennig".
Obverse: Bust portrait with mozzetta and stole to the left //
Reverse: Peter, enthroned to the left, is presented with gifts for the church by a woman and a bowl with coins by a kneeling man.

Bart. 862. Only in Silver and Bronze. Extremely rare in Gold. Bartolotti cites 84 gold specimens struck.

PCGS SP 63. TOP POP

Graded PCGS Yes
Grade SP 63
Certificate Number 47309801
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Provenance Details

Ex Hohn auction 2005 lot 1029.

Comment

The inscription on the back means "The Christians alleviate Peter's suffering with donations - the old piety is renewed in 1862". Due to the unfavorable war and the resulting territorial losses, Pius revitalized the Peter's penny of the Middle Ages as a voluntary donation from Catholics.

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