An important and very attractive silver box pendant, the lid of which has been inset with a silver piastra coin of Pope Innocent XI.
The obverse bears the bust of the pope facing right wearing a mantum and camauro, in the truncation the name of the medallist : I. HAMERANVS F. - which stands for Johann Hameranus, born in1649 and died in 1705, medallist in Rome - and the legend : "INNOCEN . XI . PONT . MAX . AN. II".
The reverse shows a beautifully engraved image of the façade of St Peter's Basilica and the legend: "PORTÆ . INFERI . NON PRÆVALEBVNT" (trans.: "the gates of hell shall not prevail" and "ROMAE" below.
The style of the box is consistent with the date of the coin and was produced shortly after the coin was minted.
Rome, struck in the 2nd year of the pope's reign : 1678.
Condition: both the coin and the box pendant are in very nice condition with a nice grayish "cabinet tone" to the front and back.
Dimensions: length 6,8cm ; width 5cm ; thickness 1cm