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Anne Van Tilburg wrote:

Hi, guys —

Someone recently gave me a medal with the inscription on one side:

Vaticano Città del and a dove. 

On the other side was:

PAVLVS VI PMA XII MCML XXIV and the Vatican emblem.

  • Would you be able to tell me what these words mean?

Yours truly,


  { Can someone translate the inscription on this medal for me? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Anne —

All I could find out was: Città del Vaticano means: Vatican City

I have no idea what:



Maybe my colleagues have an idea.


Richard replied:

Hi, Anne —

(PAVLVS VI PMA XII MCML XXIV) is a Latin abbreviation, referring to Pope Paul VI, who was in office when the medal was struck:

  1. PAVLVS VI = Paul VI (In Latin inscriptions, V is used in place of U)
  2. PMA = pontifex maximus, supreme pontiff
  3. XII = twelfth year of his reign
  4. MCMLXXIV = the year 1974

— RC

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