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1977 Vatican City Italy Rome 10 Lire coin pendant crossed keys Holy See Apostolic Papal Palace Pope Pivs XII diocese Roman Catholic Christianity Sistine Chapel St Peter's Basilica Sistine Chapel Capitoline Hill Raphael Rooms Castel Sant'Angelo n003710

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note: lightweight aluminum coin

Vatican City Italy 10 Lire {1970-1977}

Pavlvs VI

front: Crowned shield

gold and silver crossed keys

The coats of arms of the Holy See and Vatican City State in the form that combines two crossed keys and a tiara used as a coat of arms of the Holy See have origins attested from the 14th century. The combination of one gold and one silver key is somewhat later.

The coat of arms of Vatican City State, a sovereign entity established by the Lateran Treaty of 11 February 1929, was adopted by the Fundamental Law of the new state on 7 June 1929 and has its coat of arms defined by law as having the golden key in bend and the silver key in bend sinister.

The keys refer to the promise of Christ to Peter, "I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven." They are a symbol of the power the Catholic Church believes that Christ gave to Saint Peter and his successors, with the gold key signifying that the power reaches to heaven and the silver key that it extends to all the faithful on earth, the interlacing indicating the linking between the two aspects of the power, and the handles of the key being at the base to symbolize the power being in the hands of the pope.

Lettering: · PAVLVS · VI · P.M. - A. VIII · MCMLXX ·

back: Fish swimming to the left with the country name above and the denomination below

Script: Latin


Vatican City
10 Lire

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Aluminium coin
• diameter: 23.3 mm
• weight: 1.6 g

• 24" stainless steel ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 1-1/8" stainless steel keychain with 30 mm ring {see last photo}


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