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Medal - Charles V, his brother Ferdinand I, and sister Maria
  • Charles V, his brother Ferdinand I, and sister Maria
    Flötner, Peter, born 1485 - died 1546
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Charles V, his brother Ferdinand I, and sister Maria

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1532 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flötner, Peter, born 1485 - died 1546 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicts Charles V (1500-1558), who became Emperor of Spain in 1516 and Emperor of Gernany in 1519. On the reverse is Mary of Austria. It is by Peter Flötner (ca. 1485-1546). Flötner was a sculptor, medallist, cabinetmaker, woodcutter and designer. He worked initially in Augsburg from around 1512 to 1516 before moving to Nuremberg where he became a citizen in 1522. Changes in Flötner's style after around 1530 suggest he may have travelled to Italy. His workshop catered for bell-founders, goldsmiths, pewterers and medallists supplying them with plaques made of lead, tin, bronze and solnhofen limestone. They were used like pattern books. The plaques were arranged in lines and a clay or plaster mould was made from them. In these moulds wax models were cast which were then applied to the outside of the wax models of bells, mortars and tankards before they were cast in metal.

Physical description

Medal depicts bust to right of Charles nad Ferdinand, Charles with beard, Ferdinand without. Both wearing sleeved mantles. Inscription.
On the reverse the bust ot left of Mary of Austria.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1532 (made)


Flötner, Peter, born 1485 - died 1546 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'. FER . I . FRE/O . IMP . E . RE . RE . HISP ./ RI9Q . SICI . VNG . BOE . ZOE A/ HID . AVST . D:BVRG: . 1.5.3'
[Charles V and] Ferdinand I, brothers, Holy Roman Emperors, and Kings of Spain, also of Hungary, Bohemia etc.; Archdukes of Austria, Dukes of Burgundy, 153[2]
Latin; Partly obliterated inscription on the obverse

'K . Q .'
Monogram; In the field of the obverse

'REX / F:I:'
Latin; In the field of the obverse

Monogram; On the reverse to the left of the head

On the reverse to the right of the head

On the reverse, on the bonnet


Diameter: 69 mm, Weight: 112.6 g

Object history note

Provenance: Salting Bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909), an Australian who settled in England, bequeathed a large collection of works decorative art to the Museum in 1909.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Charles V, his brother Ferdinand I, and sister Maria, by Peter Flötner, Germany, 1532

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990. 128p., ill. ISBN 1851770135.
'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. 59



Subjects depicted

Bust; Order of the golden fleece; Emperor


Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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