I recently purchased a Pro Ecclesia ET Pontifice Joannes Pavilvs medal. Based on the papal coat of arms it was presented by St. John Paull II.
Can anyone give me some insight on how rare or collectible these are? Any insight on the type of material (it appears to be gold) as well as who or how these medals are crafted?.
The "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" is often seen in the collector’s market in the $100-150 range. The more modern pieces are toward the upper end of that range simply because the recipients and their families tend to hang on to them.
The medal comes in three grades (gold, silver and bronze). The "gold" grade is usually bronze-gilt. They are commercially made in Italy by a variety of medal/order manufacturers. They usually don’t carry a maker’s mark, so the only way to determine the manufacturer is check the interior of the issue case.
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