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The 13 Day Papacy of Urban VII – The Shortest in History


ITALY, Papale (Stato pontificio). Urban VII. 1590. Æ Medal (40mm, 26.74 g, 12h). By Hamerani. Dually-dated RY 1 and 1590 (in Roman numerals, though an unofficial copy of a later restrike). · VRBANVS · VII · PONT · MAX · ANNO · I ·, bust left, wearing zucchetto and mantum; M · D · L · XXXX (date) below / • LVX • VESTRA • SIC • LVCEAT (thus let your light shine [adapted from Matthew 5:16]), lighted menorah on draped rock outcropping. Mazio 147; cf. Lincoln 810-1 (bust right). EF, warm red-brown surfaces, small die breaks, once mounted.

Ex old English collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 287, 26 September 2012), lot 719.