Copy of the obverse of a medal of Pope Pius lV (1559-1566). The original medal, by Giovani Antonio de' Rossi, was made in about 1560. 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. 193 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 two sided cast bronze the electrotype copper plated and toned.

Obverse Description

Bust of Pius IV facing right in Papal robes, bare-headed; around, PIVS IIII PONT MAX; below bust in small lettering, IO . ANT . RVB . M . F

Reverse Description

not held (Female figure seated l., receiving three men kneeling; behind, facade. INSTAVRATIO COLLEGII. Ex., . IO MEDIOL.)

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