VATICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY®
The purpose of our group is to learn about the history and themes portrayed by Papal Coins, Papal Medals, and Vatican Coins. These miniature artistic creations offer a view of spirituality across centuries.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
1740 Benedict XIV 1/2 ScR
During this post-Reformation century the Christians of Europe continued (in the eyes of the Church) to need reminders about the primacy of St. Peter, the "rock upon which I will build my Church."
Hence many coins have images of St. Peter on the obverse, as does this coin. On the reverse there is a set of keys. "What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; what you loose on Earth will be loose in heaven." There has only been one other Pope named Benedict between 1740 and 2005.