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Medallic coin - Marguerite de Foix

Marguerite de Foix

  • Object:

    Medallic coin

  • Place of origin:

    France (or Italy, made)

  • Date:

    1516 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    A.342-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a medallic coin, a special category. The medal is struck, not cast, and represents some sort of currency, although it was perhaps never meant for circulation. It represents forty grossi. The grosso is a coin, which had first appeared in Venice in the early 13th century and was present in Milan, when Lodovico II of Saluzzo was striking his coins.
This medal depicts Marguerite de Foix (1473-1536), the second wife of Lodovico II of Saluzzo.

Physical description

Medallic coin depicts on the obverse the bust to left of Marguerite, wearing a widow's coif with a long veil. Inscription.
On the reverse an escutcheon hanging from a leafless tree, on which a bird perches. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (or Italy, made)

Date

1516 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

'+MARGARITA . DE . FVXO . MARCHIONISA . T . C . 1516
obverse

'+ DEVS . PROTECTOR . ET . REFVGIVM . MEVM - J . J . C'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.3 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.
This is a medallic coin, a special category. The medal is struck, not cast, and represents some sort of currency, although it was perhaps never meant for circulation. It represents forty grossi. The grosso is a coin, which had first appeared in Venice in the early 13th century and was present in Milan, when Lodovico II of Saluzzo was striking his coins.

Descriptive line

Medallic coin, silver struck, Marguerite de Foix, unknown medallist, France or Italy, dated 1516

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 50
Scher, Stephen, K., ed. The Currency of Fame - Portrait Medals of the Renaissance. Catalogue of the exhibition held at National Gallery, Washington; Frick Collection, New York; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. New York: 1994, pp.115-117, cat.no. 34.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Struck

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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