The Delivery of the Keys (year 2004)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 2004 and is the thirteenth in the series.
Opens the fifth trilogy dedicated to the life of the Apostles.
Pope Sixtus IV (1471 - 1484) wanted some of the most important Italian artists of his time painted the front middle of the side walls of the Sistine Chapel with scenes from the life of Moses and the life of Christ.
In the "straight" is taken from the penultimate scene fresco of Christ's life: Delivery of the Keys.is a work of Perugino and depicts the silver keys and gold entrusted by Christ to the Church.The caption on the medal, quotes above "Pietro Perugino" and under "La Consegna delle Chiavi".
In the "reverse" is represented a beautiful front view of St. Peter's Basilica. The first stone of the basilica was laid in 1506 by Pope Julius II, works continued until 1621.created the current architecture between 1656 and 1621. The medal bears the inscription: "Basilica di San Pietro – Musei Vaticani – XIII Anno - 2004".
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. Signed by the Cardinal Edmun Casimir Szoka.
Cost: EUR 980 - change in other currencies,
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