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Medal of Charles V

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  • Highlights - Coins and Medals

1521

Germany
silver

currently not on display

Based on drawings by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and completed by the Nuremberg goldsmith Hans Krafft (1481-1542), this work marks the beginning of the art of medal in Germany. This is one of the oldest pieces in the collection and one of the jewels of the museum's coin cabinet.

To create it, two distinct dies for each side were necessary, using four matrixes: the effigy and double-headed eagle as well as the coat of arms on the obverse and the reverse.

The difficulties that occurred during the striking process damaged the first medal die of the reverse in such a way that two different versions of this medal exist. Only thirteen copies of both types have been preserved, mainly in prestigious public collections. This copy was not struck but instead cast and embellished with enamel and gold.