The Miraculous draught of fishes (year 2002)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 2002 and is the eleventh in the series. Continues the fourth trilogy about the life of Jesus.
In 1515 Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael's cartoons for a series of tapestries devoted to the stories of St. Peter and St. Paul who had to decorate the side walls of the Sistine Chapel. They were made in Brussels in the workshop of Pieter van Aelst. The first seven, including the Miraculous Catch were exposed for the first time in the day after Christmas in 1519, provoking a huge admiration. Now they are kept in the Pinacoteca Vaticana.
In the "straight" is represented "La Pesca Miracolosa" by the great Raphael. The detail depicts the call of Christ to Peter who left his nets to follow him.The caption on the medal reads: "La Pesca Miracolosa - Raffaello".
In the "reverse" is portrayed a side of the building that houses the Pinacoteca Vaticana. The inscription reads: "Pinacoteca" and "Musei Vaticani – XI Anno - 2002".
Diameter: 35 mm.
Weight: 34 grams in 18 Karati.
Coinage: 2000 copies, each coin has its own ID number stamped on the board.
Packaging: purple leather case with golden emblem of the Vatican on the cover, wrapped in suede fabric.
Certified warranty on parchment, confirming the authenticity and the specific number that identifies the gold medal of Vatican. Signed by the Cardinal Edmun Casimir Szoka.
Cost: EUR 980 - change in other currencies,
The medal can be requested by filling in the FORM.
P.S. It may not be available, given the small number of my private collection.
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