Italy, Milan (?). Charles V. 1519-1556. Medal (Silver, 97.4mm, 311 g 12), a very large cast and chased silver medal of Milanese style. Possibly by Leoni but this is debated, c. 1551-1556. .IMP.CAES.CAROLVS.V.AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Charles V to right, with his cloak fastened at his breast with a brooch in the form of a winged cherub, and wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece hanging from a cord around his neck. Rev. .PHILIPVS.AVSTR.CAROLI.V.CAES.F. Philip II, wearing armor and holding a marshal’s baton in his right hand, riding right on a horse, which has his tail tied in a loop and plumes on his head, prancing to right. Attwood 1182 (a uniface bronze example of the obverse). Bernhart 178 (bronze). Molinari 322 (lead). Oppenheimer, Christie’s 1936, 191 (gilt bronze = MMA 60.55.54, a later cast). Scher, Currency of Fame, 156 (bronze). Of great rarity, probably the only known example in silver. Nicely toned. With considerable after casting work: the fields are smoothed, the areas around the lettering stippled, and all the design has been strengthened; very minor bangs and, on the edge, possible traces of having been inset into a holder, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 45000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF