E.R. writes: My coin is silver and the size of about a half dollar (US). One side has printed on it AVXILIVM DE SANCTO P.M.A.X VII P I V S VII 1818, the coin face has an image of a woman with a dome-like church building. The other side of the coin contains the symbol P X that’s as close as I can come to reproducing it typing… it’s a religious (church/catholic?) symbol? Can you tell me where this coin comes from and what the English translation of the wording is please, thank-you… your time and consideration is appreciated.
Based on your description, you have an 1818 Vatican, Papal States silver Scudo. The coin shows the Virgin Mary seated on a cloud, the key to heaven in her right hand and the Church in her left. The Latin legend, AUXILLIUM DE SANCTO (Aid From the Saints) and the date is around. The reverse shows a bust of Pope Pius VII (1800-1823), PIVS VII PONT. M. A. XVIII (Pius VII Head of The Church in his 18th Year). Value depends on grade (condition): Range:$15 – $300.