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Medal - Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1759 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    203-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This German medal depicts Frederick the Great, or Frederick II (b.1712- d.1786), who was King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 and brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.

Physical description

Medal depicts on the obverse: bust of Frederick the Great to the right in armour and scarf.
FRIDERICUS BORUSSORUM REX 1759.
Reverse: NURNBERG UND FRANCKFURT WILL ICHS DENCKEN BAYREUTH UND ANSPACH WILL ICHS SCHENKEN BAMBERG UND WURTZBURG WILL ICHS WEISEN DAS ICHS BIN DER KOENIG IN PREUSSEN (in eleven lines).

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1759 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'FRIDERICUS BORUSSORUM REX 1759'
obverse

'NURNBERG UND FRANCKFURT WILL ICHS DENCKEN BAYREUTH UND ANSPACH WILL ICHS SCHENKEN BAMBERG UND WURTZBURG WILL ICHS WEISEN DAS ICHS BIN DER KOENIG IN PREUSSEN'
Nuremberg and Frankfurt I want to think of, Bayreuth and Anspach I want to give it to, Bamberg and Wurtzburg I want to show, that it is me, the King of Preussen.
reverse (in eleven lines)

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.2 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Glinn.

Historical context note

Frederick the Great (Frederick II), 1712-1786, was King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 and brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, depicting Frederick the Great, Germany, dated 1759

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 34

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Bust; Armour; Scarf

Categories

Coins & Medals; Royalty; Sculpture; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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