Vatican strikes commemorative medal for pontificate of Pope Francis
October 07, 2013
An official medal commissioned by the Vatican to commemorate the 1st year of the pontificate of Pope Francis will go on sale October 7.
The medal, produced by the Italian State Mint and available in gold, silver, and bronze, features a portrait of the Pontiff and the signature of the artist who designed the coin, Mariangela Crisciotti. Around the portrait is the inscription: “Franciscus Pont. Max. An. I.”
The reverse side carries the quotation that moved the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he felt the call to the priesthood: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me.”
The medals will be sold through the Vatican Publishing House and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. The Vatican announced that 400 sets would be offered for sale, as well as 200 gold coins, 3,000 silver, and 3,000 bronzed. All will be numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity from the Vatican Secretariat of State.
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