ITALY. Collalto. Giovanni Battista II, Count of Collalto, 1514 - after 1570. Medal (Bronze, 36 mm, 49.77 g, 6 h), a struck original, by Gianfederico Bonzagna (also known as Federico Parmense, after 1507-1588), Rome, 1560. IO.BAPTISTA. II.DE.COLLALTO. CO.ET.C. Bareheaded and cuirassed bust of Giovanni Battista to left, with short beard; below truncation, in small letters, F.P. Rev. POST.TENEBRAS. SPERO.LVCEM. M.D.L.X (= after darkness I hope for the light) Elaborate mantled arms of Collalto, surmounted by a helmet, with a crest formed by two upraised arms flanking a crowned eagle with wings open in display, and flanked, on the left, by a vase and a sword, and, on the right, by a palm branch, a cross and a winged dragon, coiled up with his tail in his mouth; in tiny letters on the ribbons curling around the sword and the palm branch, AL-EVTM-ANTE-AVT / O...N-S P VOR. Attwood 958. Toderi Vannel 2160. Voltolina 513. A particularly attractive, sharply struck and impressive example, with a fine portrait and a lovely tan-brown patina. Extremely fine.
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