The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists now have medals commemorating the September visit of Pope Francis to America. They are available for sale through the association website: www.pancoins.org.
PAN President, Tom Uram presented the medal creation idea to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington at a meeting on January 28th 2015.
They agreed that such a wonderful idea should be done with a high level of quality and care. Tom immediately commissioned U.S. Mint sculptor and engraver Don Everhart to create the obverse and reverse of the medal. The artwork was put forward as time became critical. To be able to reach a design agreement and allow enough time for Don Everhart to sculpt it and get it into production became a formidable challenge.
The essence of the medal focuses on the Pope’s visit to Washington D.C. on September 23rd, 2015. Don produced a beautiful image of Pope Francis that captures his warmth and charm on the obverse and a reverse that features the three Washington D.C. iconic domes, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and the dome of the U.S. Capitol building.
The medals were produced at the Northwest Territorial Mint. The sizes and pricing are: 3” silver with black enamel and 24k gold embellishment at $450, 3” bronze with black enamel at $100, 1.75” silver with gold embellishment at $150, and 1.75” bronze at $30. The 3” medals are housed in a beautiful custom wood box. The 1.75” medals are presented in a descriptive bi-fold. The Basilica of the National Shrine gift shop will have a 1.75” bronze version with a single Basilica dome reverse available for sale.