Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
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This is a triangular lead medal made in Germany in 1550 by an unknown master. The obverse of the medal represents the bust of Charles V facing right, bearded and wearing a hat and armour. The reverse shows the bust of Alexander the Great facing left. This medal has a suspension ring. The inscriptions point up the parallels between Charles V and Alexander the Great, by naming Charles 'Carolus Maximus.'
Triangular medal with suspension ring.
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Materials and Techniques
Height: 3.5 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Weight: 7.3 g
Object history note
Provenance: Tross. 140 medals and reliefs were purchased from M. Henri Tross of Paris for £500 by J.C. Robinson for the Museum in 1867.
Medal, lead, triangular, Charles V Holy Roman Emperor, Germany, 1550
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, p. 114
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 20
Emperor; Bust; Armour
Coins & Medals; Portraits; Royalty