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John VIII Palaeologus

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Circular medal of John VIII Palaeologus, emperor of Byzantium (born 1392, emporer 1423-48), who came to Ferrara on 8 October 1438 to attend a council with Pope Eugenius IV on the reconciliation of the Eastern and Western Churches for support against the Turks. Obverse: Profile bust of John VIII...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge in Greek ["John, king and emperor of the Romans, the Paleologus"]. Reverse: Signed above "·OPVS·PISANI·PICTO/RIS·" and below in Greek.


By 1875, C.C. Perkins, Boston; 1909, transferred from C.C. Perkins to Charles B. Perkins, Boston; 1923, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 5, 1923) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 23.202-209 were acquired together for $1000.

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Lucy Stone Brewer Fund

probably Italian, probably reproduction of original 15th century

Place of Manufacture


Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 19. Kress 1.


Diameter and weight: 102 mm (4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze




Numismatics, Medals