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Portrait medal of George the Bearded (duke of Saxony) (obverse); coat of arms (reverse)

Artist:
Attributed to Peter Flötner (German, Thurgau 1485–1546 Nuremberg)
Date:
1537
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Diam. 4.3 cm, wt. 43.39 g.
Classification:
Medals
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1322
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 960
George the Bearded, Duke of Saxony, was one of the more enlightened German princes in the early years of the Reformation. Known as an outstanding ruler, high-minded and deeply concerned for his subjects, he maintained an unerring loyalty to the Holy Roman Emperor. While he initially supported Martin Luther’s Protestant reforms, George ultimately remained a staunch Catholic. This medal’s inscription translates as "His praise shall always be in my mouth." The reverse depicts his coat of arms.
Hofrath Dr. Richard Julius Erbstein, director of the Königliches Münzcabinet, Berlin; Erbstein sale, Frankfurt, sale 1, 18 May 1908, lot 292; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie's, London, 29 July 1936, lot 351 (for pounds 50 to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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