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Inverted anchor cross. A cross with slightly widened ends, with two anchor flukes coming out of the top and curving left and right, also with slightly widened ends.

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  • 1978 Vatican 500 Lire Sede Vacante September

    1978 Vatican 500 Lire Sede Vacante September

    A coin to mark a once in 400 year event This is my entry for Day 22 “V” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!V = Vatican City. The Papacy The coat of arms of Vatican City, from Vatican.va Matthew 16:18, Jesus said to the Apostle Peter: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will…

  • Pope Leo XIII Medallion

    Pope Leo XIII Medallion

    A year in very long Roman Numerals When covering the medallions of the popes between the last Papal States coins, and the first Vatican City coins, I was tempted to include this one, but I thought it deserved its own post. I’ve seen variations of this medallion listed in several places and apparently in several…

  • Pope Benedict XV Medallion

    Pope Benedict XV Medallion

    Between the Papal States and the Vatican We’ve looked at the last coins issued by the Papal States up to 1870, and the first coins issued by Vatican City State from 1929, but is there anything numismatically from the Holy See in between? Yes! (Otherwise this would be a very short post). There were five…

  • 1931 Vatican 5 Centesimi

    1931 Vatican 5 Centesimi

    The first coin from the new Vatican City State I recently shared an 1866 Papal States 2 Soldi, one of the last coins issued by the Papal States before the (then fairly new) Italian Kingdom invaded the vatican and seized the lands formerly controlled by the pope. Do read that post for more info on…

  • 1866 Papal States 2 Soldi

    1866 Papal States 2 Soldi

    One of the last Papal States coins Pope Pius IX was head of the Catholic Church from 16 June 1846 – 7 February 1878. At over 31 years and 7 months, it is the longest verifiable Papacy. Saint Peter, the first Pope was “head” of the church for 34 or 37 years (30 A.D. to…