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Marco Polo: 500th Anniversary of his Birth

Circular medal of Marco Polo (1254-1324), probably commemorating the 500th anniversary of his birth. Obverse: Chain motif at rim; bust of Marco Polo looking to proper right, wearing fur cap and a heraldic device at proper right; inscribed at proper right and left with Asian characters and...

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Obverse: Inscribed at proper right and left with Asian characters and under bust "SCARPABOLLA". Reverse: Inscribd on proper right fortress wall "[LVLA]/1254", on proper right wall "[MIA]/1954", underneath proper left wall "LORIOLI", and in exergue "VENEZIA/A/MARCO POLO".


1955, Il Sindaco di Venezia; 1955, given by Il Sindaco di Venezia to the MFA. (Accession date: April 14, 1955)

Credit Line

Gift of Il Sindaco di Venezia

Italian, 1954

Object Place



Diameter and weight: 60 mm, 150 gm (2 3/8 in., 5.29 oz.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze




Numismatics, Medals