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100 Lire - 1929

Y-039 - 8,80 g - 23 mm

Edge - Reeded

Mintage - 10.000

This obverse of this coin has a bust of Pope Pius XI (b1857-d1939) surrounded by the Latin legend PIVS-XI-PONT-MAX-ANNO-VIII (Pius XI Supreme Pontiff Year Eight).  The reverse has a figure of Jesus Christ encircled by the county's name in Italian STATO DELLA CITTA DEL VATICANO (State of the City of the Vatican)  with the denomination LIRE 100 and the date 1929 below. Pius was born Achille Ratti. He negotiated the Concordat and the Lateran Treaties with Italy which granted the Vatican separate State status in 1929 in  exchange fort relinquishing claims to the former Papal States. 


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100 Lire - 1942

Y-039 - 5,19 g - 20,9 mm

Edge - Reeded

Mintage - 2.000

This obverse of this coin has a bust of Pope Pius XII (b1876-d1958) surrounded by the Latin legend PIVS-XII-PONTIFEX-MAXIMIMVS-ANNO-IV (Pius XII Supreme Pontiff Jubilee Year Four).  The reverse has a figure encircled by the county's name in Italian STATO DELLA CITTA DEL VATICANO (State of the City of the Vatican)  with the denomination L 100 and the date 1942 below. Pius was born Eugenio Pacelli. His reputation has been attacked in current times by historians who rewrite history to suit their fancies. 


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100 Lire - 1950

Y-048 - 5,19 g - 20,9 mm

Edge - Reeded

Mintage - 0,020M

This obverse of this coin has a bust of Pope Pius XII  (b1876-d1958)surrounded by the Latin legend PIVS-XII-P-MAX-ANNO-IVB-MCML (Pius XII Supreme Pontiff Jubilee Year 1950).  The reverse has a scene of the Pontiff opening the Holy Door to initiate the Holy Year encircled by the county's name in Italian STATO DELLA CITTA DEL VATICANO (State of the City of the Vatican) with the denomination L 100 below. Pius was born Eugenio Pacelli. His reputation has been attacked in current times by historians who rewrite history to suit their fancies. 


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