Bronze (Copper alloy with orange-brown,
mottled cuprite patina).
Diam. 4.4 cm, wt. 32.71 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse presents a portrait of Antoine Perrenot, Cardinal Granvelle (1517 – 1586), and on the reverse is Don Juan of Austria receiving the standard from Granvelle. This medal was made in Rome. It commemorates the moment when Don Juan of Austria received from Granvelle the standard as commander of the fleet of the Holy League (Venice, Spain, and the Papal States) against the Turks. Another medal by Melon, dating from the same year, celebrates the Holy League’s glorious victory at Lepanto on 7 October 1571. The obverse of this medal is also known with two different reverses.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: ANT· S· R· E· PBR· CARD· GRANVELANUS; inscribed on the truncation of the bust: MELON . . F.; inscribed on the reverse: IN HOC VINCES
Dr. Paul Charles Stroehlin, president of the
Societé Suisse Numismatique, Geneva; Stroehlin sale, Sotheby’s,
London, 30 May 1910, lot 853; Henry Oppenheimer,
London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie’s, London, 28 July 1936,
lot 148, including No. 111 (1975.1.1290), another medal,
and a box formed of two medals ( to [ John Hunt,
London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from
the Oppenheimer sale.