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Mehmed II

Circular medal of Mehmed II, Sultan of the Turks (born 1430, sultan 1453-48). Obverse: Profile bust of Mohammed looking to proper right, wearing turban and robe and having a close-shaved beard; inscribed at edge "MAVMhET ASIE ACTRAPESUNZIS MAGNE QVE GRETIE IMPERAT·". Reverse: Triumphal...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "MAVMhET ASIE ACTRAPESUNZIS MAGNE QVE GRETIE IMPERAT·" ["Mehmed, emperor of Asia and also Trebizond and Magna Graecia"]. Reverse: Inscribed above three nudes "GRETIE" ["Greece"] and "TRAPESVNTY" ["Trebizond"] and "ASIA" ["Asia"] and at bottom between two reclining nudes "BERTOLDI/FLORENTIN/SCVLTOR/IS".

Provenance

By 1968, Cyril Humphris, London; 1968, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: September 11, 1968)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Italian, Renaissance, about 1480

Place of Manufacture

Florence, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 911. Kress 248.

Dimensions

Diameter: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

68.552

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals