Papacy

Innocent VI, Pope 1352-1362

Muntoni 3; Berman 192, PCGS graded AU-50

Avignon. + SA-nTVS PET-RVS, cross pattée with crossed keys in the angles. Reverse: InnOCEn PP SEXTVS, Pope Innocent VI enthroned facing, raising hand in benediction and holding cruciform scepter..

On December 18, 1352, Étienne Aubert was elected as Pope Innocent VI by the College of Cardinals in Avignon. He made a reputation for himself as a reformer of the Church and a just ruler who attempted to restore order in Rome so that the Papacy could return. Faced with the poor state of the papal finances after the excesses of his predecessors and the high costs incurred by his involvements in Italy prompted Innocent IV to sell off works of art rather than commission them and to reduce his staff. However, complaints of poverty by 1357 should probably be taken with a grain of salt.