Copy of the obverse of a medal of Pope Paul III (1534-1550). The original medal, perhaps by Valerio Belli, was made in about 1540. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal was exhibited in the King's Library of the British Museum in 1881 and is No. 319 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 Paul III facing right in Papal robes, bare-headed; around, PAVLVS . III . PONT . MAX .

Reverse Description

not held (A griffin r., round which is twined a serpent; within laurel-wreath)

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