Summary

Copy in two halves of a medal of Rainaldo d'Este. The original medal was made in 1469. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was acquired by the British Museum and was exhibited in the King's Library in 1881. It is No. 47 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 1880's.

Rainaldo d'Este was the younger son of Nicolo III. He sided with his brother Ercole against the succession of Nicolo, son of Leonello. He at first took religious orders but resigned them in 1469, the year the original of this medal was made, and was made a knight, assuming at the same time the title of Marquis d'Este.

Obverse Description

Bust of Rainaldo facing left, in tunic and berretta; around, + RAINALDVS MARCHIO . ESTENSIS .

Reverse Description

A signet-ring with a flower twined round it; around, ANO . M . CCCCLXVIIII . DIE P IVNII.

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