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Peter the Great

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dassier, Jean, born 1676 - died 1763 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting Peter the Great is made by Jean Dassier (1676-1763) in Switzerland, in ca. 1740.
It is from a series of medals depicting famous men.

Physical description

Obverse: a half-length portrait in profile to the right of Peter the Great in armour with a legend.
Reverse: a figure of Neptune seated in the centre and facing and pointing to a fleet of ships on the left. Seated to his right of the medal with a shield on which is the head of Medusa. A legend around the top rim of the medal.

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)


ca. 1740 (dated)


Dassier, Jean, born 1676 - died 1763 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Peter the Great Emperor of both Russian Empires'

'EX UTROQUE MAGNUS' [at bottom] 'NAT[US].30 MAII[US].1672 M[ORTUUS].28 J. 1725'
'Strength from both [empires]' [and] 'born 30th May, died 28 J.'


Diameter: 3.6 cm, Depth: 0.25 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1978.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Peter the Great, by Jean Dassier, Switzerland, ca. 1740

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

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, p. 516



Subjects depicted

Shield; City; Armour; Ships; Allegorical figure


Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Royalty; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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