Medal: Sultan Mehmed II

Bertoldo di Giovanni Italian

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A portrait of Sultan Mehmed II of Turkey (1430 – 1481),
the Conqueror, is on the obverse, and a chariot drawn by
two horses and led by Mars, abducting Greece,
Trebizond, and Asia, decorates the reverse. The medal
was possibly commissioned by Lorenzo de’ Medici and
designed by Bertoldo early in 1480. The reverse alludes
to the preparations for an attack by Mehmed II on
Southern Italy, which greatly interested Lorenzo
de’ Medici. This old aftercase is probably from a lead original with much wear.

Medal: Sultan Mehmed II, Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian, born Florence (?) ca. 1430–40, died 1491 Poggio a Caiano), Copper alloy.

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