Copy of a medal of Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484). The original medal, by an unknown artist, was made in 1481. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal from the collection of George III (Reg: G3,PMAE3.2) was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 311 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 gilt the electrotype copper plated and toned.

Obverse Description

Bust of Sixtus IV facing left in Papal robes and tiara; around, . SIXTVS . IIII . PON . . MAX SACRICVLT

Reverse Description

Constancy, almost naked, standing facing, leaning on staff, at her feet, seated Turkish captives and ships; around, . PARCERE . SVBIECTIS . ET DEBELLARE SVPERBOS; in field divided by the figure . SIXTE POTES; above which the date incuse, MCCCCLXXXI; in exergue, . CONSTANTIA .

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