An old silver Papal coin, issued during the papacy of Pius VI (1775-1799), was molded into the bowl for a spoon probably in the late 1800s. The demitasse sized spoon has a smooth thin round handle which changes to a twist handle terminating with a hand wrought ram's head. The spoon has the likeness of Pius inscribed in the bowl. The back has a shield and LIBERTA and the year 1777.
The spoon is solid silver , of 800-900 purity. It is 4 3/4" (12 cm) long and weighs 19 grams.
The significance of the ram's head with this Papal coin is curious. Pope Gregory XIII used the winged dragon / serpent encircling a ram's head as his symbol although both the serpent and ram are considered satanic symbols. Perhaps it is just a reference to Aries the Ram, the first sign of the Zodiac, which symbolizes the Vernal / Spring Equinox.
During his papacy in 1799, Pius VI saw the invasion and conquer of his territory by Napoleon of France.
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