Copy of a medal of Pope Pius II (1458-1464). The original medal, by Andrea Guacialoti (Andrea di Cremona), was made in about 1460. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,PMAE4.4) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 308 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 cast bronze the electrotype copper plated and toned.

Obverse Description

Bust of Pius II facing left in papal robes, bare-headed. ENAEAS PIVS SENENSIS PAPA SECVNDVS .

Reverse Description

Pelican standing in nest feeding its young; around, DE SANQVINE NATOS . ALE SVT HEC CORDIS PAVI .

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