The Vatican has issued a commemorative medallion for the fifth year of Pope Francis’ Pontificate, which will be available in outlets of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana and in the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See beginning July 28, 2017, announced today , Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Holy See Press Office.
Represented on the front of the medallion is the Italian-Argentine Pontiff’s emblem, the whole accompanied by the Latin writing “FRANCISCUS P.P. ANNO V MMXVII and of the artist’s name, Mariangela Crisciotti. Indicated on the border is the place of origin (“E CIVITATE VATICANA”) and the number of the medallion.
Represented on the back is a man with his hand extended in sign of help to another man, who is seated and looks like Christ. Beside him is a woman with a child in her arms. In the background there is a sail boat with the writing taken from Matthew’s Gospel “HOSPES ERAM ET COLLEGISTIS ME,” that is, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35).”
A numbered certificate of guarantee, with an embossed stamp of the State Secretariat and of the Printing Office and Mint of the Italian State accompanies every copy. The limited edition includes 50 copies in gold, 1,000 in silver and 1,500 in bronze, as well as 50 so-called “triptychs” (in gold, silver and bronze).