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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Circular bronze medal with integral ribbon bar; the face with the  head and shoulders portrait in relief of Pope Pius XII facing left, signed ‘MISTRUZZI’ (for the great sculptor and medallist Aurelio Mistruzzi, 1880-1960), circumscribed ‘PIUS·XII·PONTIFEX·MAXIMUS’ (Latin = ‘Pius XII Supreme Pontiff’, a laurel spray below; the reverse with the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome centrally, circumscribed ‘JUBILAEI·AN·MCML·BENEMERENTI·ROMA·’ (Latin = Jubilee Year 1950 Well Merited Rome); on original ribbon; in original fitted embossed leatherette case of issue, loose at the hinge, the gilt Papal Arms on the outside of the lid, the inside of the lid inscribed in gilt letters ‘Comitato Centrale / ANNO SANTO 1950’.

The tradition of Jubilee Years dates back to ancient biblical times - ‘You shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family’ (Leviticus 25, 10-14).

Pope Boniface VII instituted the first Christian Jubilee in 1300 through the Papal Bull ‘Antiquorum Fida Relatio’ and the tradition continues.

The northern-most door of St. Peter’s Basilica is the ‘Holy Door’, in bronze by Vico Consorti, 1950, and by tradition it is only opened for the most notable occasions, such as Jubilee Years.

 
Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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Jubilee Medal of Pope Pius XII, 1950, bronze, by Aurelio Mistruzzi, in original fitted embossed case of issue
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