The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 2008 and is the seventeenth in the series. It is the second medal of the sixth and final trilogy devoted to "Le Stanze di Raffaello". The Stanza of Heliodorus by Raphael was painted shortly after the Stanza della Segnatura, probably had the function of hearing room in the apartment of Pope Julius II. The topics of the fresco are intended to highlight the miraculous protection from the Heaven to the Church threatened in the faith in the person of the pope.
In the "straight" is represented the biblical episode when narrated in the second book of Maccabees (2 Mac 3.24 to 28) in which the divine knight, sweeping and hunting with his horse, the imperial envoy sent by the king of Syria Heliodorusseize the treasure of the Temple in Jerusalem. The caption on the medal cites above: "Raffaello" and under "La Cacciata di Eliodoro dal Tempio".
In the "reverse" is represented the figure of Pope Julius II, who assists from the gestatorial chair the performance of the scene, as if to attest the continuous divine protection on the Church. The medal bears the inscription: "Papa Giulio II – Musei Vaticani - XVII Anno 2008".
Diameter: 35 mm.
Weight: 34 grams in 18 Karati.
Coinage: 1000 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 Vatican gold medal. Signed by the Cardinal Edmun Casimir Szoka.
Cost: EUR 1150 - change in other currencies,
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