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Medal: Vatican City VT VNVM SINT (Jubilee)  1975
Medal: Vatican City VT VNVM SINT (Jubilee) 1975

This medal depicts Jesus Christ uniting two factions, previously at odds with each other. Whether these factions are churches, individuals, Jews and gentiles, different religions, or entire nations is not clear, but VT VNVM SINT, or UT UNUM SINT without the stylized Us, is Latin for 'as one.' This may be a reference to the prayer of Jesus recorded in John 17:21 in the Bible.

The reverse shows buildings of the Vatican in Rome, with annotation ANNO JVBILAEO (another stylized U) meaning 'year of jubilee.' This ties back to Leviticus 25:8ff.

As far as I know, these medals are made only in base metal. If you can find one made of silver (ask a jeweler), it will be worth more. Otherwise values are quite low:

worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $15

Be sure to read our page about catalog values. Click the Terminology link.

Coin: 16273 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Melville, Mon, 06-Jan-2014 14:55:32 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 07-Jan-2014 00:31:31 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 01-Jan-2016 00:22:18 GMT
Requester description: A medal, Front-2 men shaking both hands with each other with the third in the middle with arms around both of them. The middle person is taller with a beard & thick hair wearing a long robe but exposing his chest, encircled by the letters VT VNVM SINT. Heads of all three men much raised as compared to the remainder flatness of the medal. Rear- A cluster of many Vatican city monuments encircled by the letters ANNO IVBALAI ROME MCMLXXV
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Comments

I have this coin and it is made from silver when it was given to me by a family friend who is a priest he went on a trip to the Vatican with other priests and father's he said it was blessed by Pope john Paul the 2nd and when he gave it to me he said to me to hold on to this that I would never see another one like it and that it was made of silver and not many were made this way I keep it with me its my lucky coin if u have more information on this coin could u please email it to me at [removed] I an very interested in finding out more about it and what its worth but I would never sell it it means to much to me thank you I look forward to learning more about this coin - Jonathan Kahl
Hey Jonathan -- if it's made of silver, it's probably got a retail value of $25 or so. There are so many Vatican medals and tokens out there that it would be quite a project to catalog all of them.

As Paul mentioned, the Jubilee (also known as Holy Year) is described in Leviticus...'And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.' 1975 was such a year. Your medal has a great story behind it and is most definitely worth more in sentimental value than it is worth in dollars. Thanks for sharing it with us!
- CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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