Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 560Auction date: 17 April 2024
Lot number: 1034

Price realized: 200 USD   (Approx. 188 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

ITALY, Firenze (Duchy). Lorenzino de' Medici, politician and writer. 1514-1548. AR Medal (36mm, 26.23 g, 12h). The Assassination of Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence. Modern dies after Giovanni da Cavino (1500-1570). Struck 20th century. LAVRENTIVS MEDICES, draped bust right / Pileus flanked by two daggers; VIII · ID · IAN below. Cf. Johnson & Martini 1176-7 (for original). Toned, minor hairlines. EF.

From the J. Eric Engstrom Collection.

On the night of 6 January 1537, Lorenzino lured his cousin, Duke Alessandro de' Medici, to his apartment. Lorenzino left, promising to return with a woman. On his return, he stabbed the sleeping Alessandro to death. Lorenzino quickly claimed political motivations for the murder, claiming that he acted to rid Florence of a tyrant. Many drew comparisons to another famous tyrannicide: Brutus. This medal continues that parallel, copying the famous EID MAR denarius.

Estimate: 150 USD