by Anura Guruge
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My friend and frequent collaborator ‘Mark T.’ is a longtime and avid collector of papal coins. I have done many posts about his papal coins in my (old) “Popes and Papacy” blog.
Go to “Popes and Papacy” and search on ‘coins’ or click on the coins, to the right, to take you to a post that will serve as a good start.
This is a Billon Denaro Paparino of Urban VI (#203), 1378 to 1389, the LAST non-cardinal to be elected pope. He proved to be more than a handful. Not a coincidence that they have never elected a non-cardinal since! And he was 600 years ago. I have a LOT about him in my “Next Pope 2011” book.
On the right image, starting at the upper right, it +VRB’ PP SESTVS in gothic font
on the left image (two keys), starting from the upper right, S PETRVS ET PAVL (i.e., Saints Peter and Paul).
Another restitution medal (c. 1710) engraved by Giovanni Battista Pozzo, of John VI (#85), 701 to 705. So this coin minted 1,ooo years after his death!
Another one by the same artist/engraver, of Portuguese physician John XXI (#188), 1276 – 1277 who died when the ceiling of his hastily constructed library, in Viterbo [Italy], collapsed on him. So this was 500 years after his death.