Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558), silver portrait medal, 1537, by Wolf Milicz, CAROLVS V ROMANORVM IMPERATOR SEMPER AVGVSTVS 1537, half-length figure three-quarters to right, in cap and embroidered coat, wearing the collar and badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, rev. HAEC REGNA CAESAR CHRVS REGIT AIAS 1537, crowned shield within collar of the Golden Fleece, between two crowned Pillars of Hercules, 44mm. (cf.Katz 271; cf.Bernhart 132), pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, the fields tooled, slightly dented and cracked in field above the Emperor's right shoulder, and on corresponding area on reverse, very fine
Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558), silver portrait medal, 1537, by Wolf Milicz, CAROLVS V ROMANORVM IMPERATOR SEMPER AVGVSTVS 1537, half-length figure three-quarters to right, in cap and embroidered coat, wearing the collar and badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, rev. HAEC REGNA CAESAR CHRVS REGIT AIAS 1537, crowned shield within collar of the Golden Fleece, between two crowned Pillars of Hercules, 44mm. (cf.Katz 271; cf.Bernhart 132), pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, the fields tooled, slightly dented and cracked in field above the Emperor's right shoulder, and on corresponding area on reverse, very fine

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Holy Roman Empire, Charles V (1519-1558), silver portrait medal, 1537, by Wolf Milicz, CAROLVS V ROMANORVM IMPERATOR SEMPER AVGVSTVS 1537, half-length figure three-quarters to right, in cap and embroidered coat, wearing the collar and badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, rev. HAEC REGNA CAESAR CHRVS REGIT AIAS 1537, crowned shield within collar of the Golden Fleece, between two crowned Pillars of Hercules, 44mm. (cf.Katz 271; cf.Bernhart 132), pierced and plugged at 12 o'clock, the fields tooled, slightly dented and cracked in field above the Emperor's right shoulder, and on corresponding area on reverse, very fine
Provenance
Rothschild inv. no. LR146.

Lot Essay

There are several varieties of this medal by Milicz. The portrait is taken from an unsigned woodcut (see Hirth, Kulturgeschichtliches Bilderbuch, Munich 1923, S.26, nr.40). An unidentified artist signing his medals with the monogram WS reissued this medal, using legends taken from another medal of Charles V by Hieronymus Magdeburger, and dated it 1541 (see Katz 527b).
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