1829, Vatican. Rare Silver "Sede Vacante" Scudo Coin. Struck Feb 10 - March 31!
Denomination: Scudo Mint Place: Bologna (B) Reference: Davenport 188, KM-1303. R! Condition: Weight-adjusting marks, edge-hits, light scratches and hairlines in fields, otherwise a nicely toned XF! Ruler: Cardinal Francesco Galeffo (the camerlengo of the last pope, who rules rome until the new pope is elected!) Mint Year: 1829 (struck between 10th of February and 31st of March between the death of the old pope and the election of the new one) Weight: 26.39gm Diameter: 41mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Coat-of-arms of Cardinal Francesco Galeffo (the camerlengo and ruler of Rome during the Sede Vacante period) surmounted by crossed keys and canopy; above, radiant dove flying left Legend: SEDE VACANTE - MDCCCXXIX Reverse: Allegorical female figure of the Church seated on clouds and holding cross and pointing to heavanly gate. Papal tiara resting on cloud beneath her. Legend: AVXILIVM / DE / SANCTO. Exergue: B
Sede vacante is an expression, used in the canon law of the Catholic Church, that refers to the vacancy of the episcopal see of a particular church. It is Latin for "the seat being vacant" (the ablative absolute of sedes vacans "vacant seat", or the Italian for the same term), the seat in question being the cathedra of the particular church.
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