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Medal - Papal Visit to Australia, Pope Paul VI, Australia, 1970 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16463

Summary:
Australia
Episcopal Conference Medal, 1970
Mint: Royal Australian Mint for Matthey Garrett Set no 353
Came in Red velvet box with NU 16462 - box in same draw but medals toning so stored alone.
Other Details: Pope Paul VI visited Australia in 1970, and this medal was issued to commemorate that occasion. He was the first Pope to visit Australia, arriving in Sydney on November 30. His duties included blessing the foundation stone of St Lucy's school in Sydney, speaking to Aboriginal communities and delivering sermons. Paul VI was the son of a prominent newspaper editor. He was ordained in Bescia on 29 May 1920, studied in Rome and entered the Vatican secretariat of state in 1922. He became of one two presecretaries to Pope Pius XII, and from 1954 to 1963 was Archbishop of Milan. He worked to improve relations between workers and employers and social relations more generally. In 1958 he became a Cardinal. As Pope he contined the reforms of John XXII, reconvening the Second Vatican Council and supervising reforms including the vernacularization and reform of the liturgy.
Description:
Bust left; around, PAULUS VI PONTIF MAXIMUS
artist's initials below bust, WG

A globe depicting Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea below Papal emblem radiate;
around, PEREGRINUS APOSTOLICUS IN AUSTRALIS . AD MCMLXX .
Came as pair of medals in red velvet coloured box - the medals show some toning and are stored out of the box (which is in the same draw) Certificate stored in box. Garrett No 353 also with other gold medals of 1970 suggest all related through donor.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 23.595 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: papal visits, popes catholic church, religions, 1975
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Pope Paul VI, Roman Catholic Church (1897-1978), Matthey Garrett Pty. Ltd., Medal Manufacturer
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: religions
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1970 AD
Obverse Description: Bust left; around, PAULUS VI PONTIFEX MAXIMUS
artist's initials below bust, WG
Reverse Description: A globe depicting Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea below Papal emblem radiate;
around, PEREGRINUS APOSTOLICUS IN AUSTRALIS . AD MCMLXX .
Edge Description: Stamped 18 ct 0353
Inscriptions: (edge) Stamped 18 ct 0353
(obverse) Bust left; around, PAULUS VI PONTIFEX MAXIMUS
artist's initials below bust, WG
(reverse) A globe depicting Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea below Papal emblem radiate;
around, PEREGRINUS APOSTOLICUS IN AUSTRALIS . AD MCMLXX .
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Australia, 1970
Mint: Matthey Garrett Pty. Ltd., 1970
Person Depicted: Pope Paul VI, Australia, 1970
References: Car.1970/53

Comments

Darren Posted on 14 Jan 2010 4:17 PM
I have a 1970 commemorative medallion from Pope Paul VI, however, mine has PONTIFEX MAXIMUS, the old Roman title, rather than PONTIF MAXIMUS which is on your website, which is correct?
Darren Posted on 14 Jan 2010 4:19 PM
Reg. No: NU 16463 Papal visit medallion. Shouldn't the coin read PONTIFEX MAXIMUS?
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Jan 2010 1:33 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Darren & thanks for picking this up. I've had a look at our image of the coin and it does indeed read PAULUS VI PONTIFEX MAXIMUS. We've passed this on to our collections management team for them to update the information.
Julie Briggs Posted on 01 Jun 2010 12:07 PM
I have a 1958 Pius xII. Pontifex Maximus coin and cant find much info on it. Can you tell me about it and what it is worth? Thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Jun 2010 1:51 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Julie, unfortunately without a good description of the coin and it's inscriptions we can't provide an identification for you. If you could provide this information we may be able to help out. Also, as is stated below, Museum Victoria can't provide valuations please go to our Question of the Week on coin valuations for where you can have your coin valued: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/2009-archive/coin-valuations/
john pedavoli Posted on 04 Aug 2014 1:36 PM
Hi i have one off these coins and it is not gold as said in your info likes like gold had it checked not gold does not whot it is .thanks John
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Aug 2014 3:32 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi John,

Your medal is most likely gilded. According to ‘Australian Historical medals 1788-1988’ by Leslie J. Carlisle (ref. 1970/54, page 380), these medals were gilded and 51,703 medals were minted by Amor, Sydney. Gilding can refer to a coating of gold, but it can also include silver, palladium, aluminium or copper alloys.

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