1065016 | ITALY. Venice. Pius VII.
(Pope, 1800-1823). 1900 Gilt AE Medal. PCGS SP64.
By Johnson. Milan. Edge: Plain. 60mm. 116.80gm. IO SONO CON VOI SINO ALLA FINE DEI SECOLI * VENEZIA 1900 *. Bust, right /
PIO VII ELETTO PONTEFICE/ A/ S. GIORGIO IN ISOLA 1800. View of the monastery on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore; inscription in exergue.
Commemorating the centennial of the election of the Pontiff and the Conclave at the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
Housed in an oversized holder. Includes original case.
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The Conclave to elect the Benedictine Pope Pius VII (born, Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti) took place at a dramatic moment in the history of the Church. Chiaramonti had been made Bishop of Tivoli in 1782, but resigned that position upon his appointment as Bishop of Imola in 1785. That same year, he was made a cardinal. In 1789, the French Revolution took place, and as a result a series of anti-clerical governments came into power in the country with many bishops and priests threatened with exile, deportation or death. In 1796, French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Rome and captured Pope Pius VI, taking him as a prisoner to France, where he died in 1799. The Hapsburg Emperor Francis II offered the Sacred College hospitality in his states, part of which was Venice, ceded to Austria by Napoleon in 1797. With Venice chosen cardinals began to flock there in the autumn of 1799 and after a sede vacante period lasting approximately six months, Chiaramonti was elected to the papacy on March 14, 1800, taking the name Pius VII.