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  • Roma Aeterna 1960
    by Leo Lentelli
    SOM-61.1
    Red-gold bronze with glossy brown patina

    This medal was chosen as the 61st issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1960. The obverse bears Romulus and Remus in rough style recalling ancient coins. Above, ROMVLVS ET REMVS; below SPQR

    The reverse bears crowned Constantine enthroned, holding scepter and orb, receiving the apparition of the Holy Cross. Around, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES / CONSTANTINVS AVG; in lower left field, (LL monogram) ©

    Italian-born Lentelli went back to his historic roots with this medal. While the obverse celebrated the Eternal City, Rome, and with it the entire Roman civilization, the reverse celebrated Christianity. In his "Message from the Artist" Lentelli wrote:

    "I have attempted to show on my medal the historical significance of the founding of two great civilizations."

    This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported production quantity of this medal is 741 in bronze.

    SOM-61.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Red-gold bronze with glossy brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 61ST ISSUE - MAY 1960 LEO LENTELLI, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-61.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 61ST ISSUE - MAY 1960 LEO LENTELLI, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
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