Copy in two halves of a medal of the Italian condottiere Niccolo Piccinino. The original medal was made in about 1441 by Pisanello. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal, acquired by the British Museum as part of the collection of King George III in 1825 (Reg. G3, IP.748) was exhibited in the King's Library in 1881 and is No. 8 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype was produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s.

Obverse Description

Bust of Nicolo facing left in chain armour with cuirass and wearing a high berretta; around, CAPITANEVS . MAX . AC . MARS . ALTER . NICOLAVS . PICININVS . VICECOMES . MARCHIO .

Reverse Description

A griffin standing facing left suckling two boys; she wears collar inscribed PERVSIA; around at left, . BRACCIVS .; around at right, . N . PICININVS .; below, . PISANI . P . OPVS .

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