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eMedals-Vatican, City State. Two Awards & Decorations

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Vatican, City State. Two Awards & Decorations

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Vatican, City State. Two Awards & Decorations

"Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" (for Church and Pontiff) Cross, 2nd Class Silver Grade(in silver, measuring 42.5 mm (w) x 46.3 mm (h) inclusive of its laterally-pierced integral suspension, light tarnishing, original ribbon, extremely fine. Accompanied by a ribbon for the miniature but without the miniature cross, in their hardshelled case of issue, Vatican coat-of-arms on the lid, maker marked "TANFANI & BERTARELLI ROMA" on the inside lid, wear evident on the exterior, light soiling on the medal bed, case fine); and Medal for Troops which had Restored Papal Sovereignty, 2nd Class Bronze Grade, Type I (in bronze, engraver marked "N.C" on the obverse, measuring 31.7 mm in diameter, replacement incorrect ribbon, edge nicks, bruised, better than very fine).

Footnote: The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross was instituted by Pope Leo XIII on July 17, 1888, in memory of his golden jubilee in holy orders and was awarded to the men and women who had made a significant contribution to the success of the jubilee and the associated Vatican Exposition. It was made a permanent distinction only in October 1898 and rewards both clergy and lay persons for outstanding service to the Pontiff or the Catholic Church. The medal is awarded in three grades: gold, silver or bronze. The Medal for Troops which had Restored Papal Sovereignty was instituted in 1849 and was issued in two grades: Gold and Bronze. 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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