The Four Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome Through Their Medals

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The Four Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome Through Their Medals

Saturday, December 4
1:00 pm ET

The Director of the Numismatic Department of the Vatican Library, Dr. Eleonora Giampiccolo, will speak on papal medals, discussing why and how they are produced. An official papal medal is generally one that displays the bust or arms of the Pope on the obverse and is issued by personal order of the Pope. They were produced through the Reverend Apostolic Chamber in the Papal State, and through the Secretariat of State at present. Some papal medals issued over the centuries celebrated the works promoted by the popes to restore and embellish the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome: St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, Saint Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), and St. Paul’s outside the walls. 

A link will be sent to all active members on the morning of the talk. To make sure you are on the list, contact Austin Goodwin Andrews at This lecture will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for later viewing.

Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.