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Silver coin of Pope Clement X

Diameter: 44.000 mm
Weight: 32.070 g

CM C2573

Silver coin of Pope Clement X

From : Rome
Date: AD 1675

The pope is the leader of the Catholic church, based in Rome in Italy. In medieval times the pope had enormous power across Europe. In the 17th and 18th centuries, popes often had coins made which showed important events that had happened during their time as pope. By doing this, each pope let people know what he had achieved.

This silver coin is called a piastra. It shows pilgrims arriving at St Peter's Cathedral in Rome for a Jubilee, a special festival held by the pope every twenty-five years. Pope Clement, who organized this one, is pictured on the other side of the coin.