101525 | ITALY & FRANCE. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino bronze Medal.
101525 | ITALY & FRANCE. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino bronze Medal. Dated 1823 (but issued circa 1826-1844). Series Numismatica Universalis Virorum Illustrium (40mm, 46.76 g, 12h). By Caqué & Durand in München.
RAPHAEL SANCTUS, bust left / NATUS / URBINI / IN ITALIA / AN.M.CCCC.LXXXIII. / OBIIT / ROMAE / AN.M.D.XX. in seven lines. Edge: MONACHII.
Choice Mint State. Glossy chocolate br surfaces with great brilliance. A great representation of this member of the 'holy trinity' of High Renaissance artists.
Born in Urbino in 1483, Raffaello Sanzio—better known to the world simply as Raphael—was one of the most accomplished painters of the High Renaissance and, along with contemporaries Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, is part of the 'holy trinity' of great masters of that time. Despite his early death at the age of just 37, he left an incredibly massive body of work, including paintings, drawings, and frescoes.
Many of Durand's earlier issues were struck at the Paris mint, though their policy of maintaining a monopoly over the striking of medals in France caused him to look elsewhere. In order to retain creative and commercial control, he had the mint in München strike some issues between 1826-1844, with the edges of these issues reading "MONACHII" (of München).
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