Benedict XII, Pope 1334-1342
Muntoni 1; Berman 178, PCGS graded VF-35
Macerata. BENE-DITVS, Pope Benedict XII enthroned facing, raising hand in benediction and holding cruciform scepter. Reverse: + PP DVODECIMO, cross pattée.
On December 13, 1334, Jacques Fornier was elected as Pope Benedict XII, the third of the Avignon Popes. Although he made peace with the Holy Roman Emperor, the general political climate in Italy made it clear that Papacy would not be able to return to Rome anytime in the near future. Pope Benedict XII therefore ordered the erection of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, considered to be one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic structures in Europe. His reign was also notable for his attempts to curb the luxuries of the monastic orders and his rapprochement with the Franciscans.