Pope Clement XII

Charity Seated with Children

Bronze, 37 mm Ø, 23.3 g
Obverse:  Bust of Clement XII facing right, wearing Papal crown, piviale, and decorative stole. Around, CLEMENS XII PONT M ("Clement XII, Supreme Pontiff"). Below, the artist, O. HAMERANI (Ottone Hamerani).
Reverse:  Charity seated with two children. Around, NON QVÆRIT QVÆ SVA SVNT ("Seeketh not her own").

The reverse shows a personification of charity seated with two children. The reverse inscription is taken from part of 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, "Caritas patiens est, ..., non quaerit, quae sua sunt, ..." ("Love is patient, ..., it does not seek its own interests, ..."). In addition to being good words to live by, this could be a reference to Clement's attempts to clean up corruption that occurred under the reign of his predecessor, Benedict XIII. For example, ministers in charge of finances under Benedict took advantage of their positions for their own gain; they were made to pay restitutions and some were imprisoned under Clement.


Spink & Son, 29 March 2007, lot 278.


Patrignani 1939, no. 54