Precious Metals

Official Papal Visit Medal available at ANA World’s Fair of Money

The following is a release from the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists:

Chicago / Rosemont, IL – The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists will have medals commemorating the September visit of Pope Francis to America available for sale at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 11 to 15 at PAN table 1957. 

PAN President, Tom Uram presented the idea to Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington at a meeting on Jan. 28, 2015. Cardinal Wuerl and Tom Uram agreed that such a wonderful idea should be done with a high level of quality and care. Tom immediately commissioned renowned sculptor and engraver Don Everhart to create the design work. The artwork was put forward as time became critical. To be able to reach a design agreement and allow enough time for Don Everhart to sculpt it and get it into production became a formidable challenge. 

The essence of the medal focuses on the Pope’s visit to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, 2015.  Don produced a beautiful image of Pope Francis that captures his warmth and charm on the obverse and a reverse that features the three Washington, D.C., iconic domes, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and the dome of the U.S. Capitol building.

The medals were produced at the Northwest Territorial Mint and were delivered to PAN on Friday, Aug. 7. 

The sizes and pricing are:

  • 3-inch silver with black enamel and 24k gold embellishment at $450, 
  • 3-inch bronze with black enamel at $100, and 
  • 1.75-inch silver with gold embellishment at $150. 

The medals will also be on sale through the PAN website at after the ANA show.  The Basilica of the National Shrine gift shop will have a 1.75-inch bronze version with a single Basilica dome reverse available for sale.    

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