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Medal of Ferdinand I (1503-64) as Emperor Elect
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Medal of Ferdinand I (1503-64) as Emperor Elect

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Description Ferdinand was the younger brother of Emperor Charles V, father of the future emperor Maximilian II, and grandfather of Archduke Albert of Austria. On the other side of the medal is a bust of Maximilian as king of Bohemia. The inscription calls Ferdinand "Emperor Elect." The medal was made after his election as emperor in 1558 and before the death of Emperor Charles V a few months later. The medal also supports Maximilian's prestige by association with his father.
Date Description Narrative
6/26/1978Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1558 (Renaissance)
(Coins & Medals)
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Diam: 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm)
  • Germany (Place of Origin)
  • Italy, Milan (Place of Origin)
  • Spain (Place of Origin)


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