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Medals

Reference:4008 Giovanni Battista Orsini, c. 1475

Head right, in high relief. Unicorn standing left, dipping his horn into a spring, which issues from a rock, on top of which is a tree. Another tree in the centre, on which hangs an armorial shield of the Orsini family. Copper, cast. 40 mm. (1.60 inches) in diameter.

Condition: Very fine, the field between the bust and the legend lightly tooled.

Notes: Giovanni Battista Orsini was made canon of the Lateran Church while still a boy and cardinal deacon in 1483. Orsini was murdered by Pope Alexander VI in a purge of various families, of which the Orsini was famously one, in 1503. Would you please note that you are in the ARCHIVE page of the website, where all sold items are placed. For items that are still available, simply go to the menu opposite and click on MEDALS & MEDALLIC ART.

References: Hill 1133; Armand II, 146, 42.