Summary

Copy of a medal of Gaspare Scaruffa of Reggio. The original medal, by Pastorino de' Pastorini (Pastorino of Siena), was made in 1554. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,IP.966) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 138 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. The original medal is in cast lead, this electrotype has been copper plated and toned.

A 16th century Italian economist, who studied the practical difficulties of coins with different content in gold. Proposed a monetary reform, to develop a universal currency.

Obverse Description

Bust of Gasparo Scaruffi facing right, bearded, wearing a doublet and a coat; around, . D . GASPAR SCARVFFA . AN . A . XXXV ; incuse on bust truncation, 1554 . P .

Reverse Description

Plain

Edge Description

Plain

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