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Reference:4112 Franz von Sickingen, 1521

Bust of Franz von Sickingen, to left, draped and wearing a hat. An ornate escutcheon of arms. By Joachim Deschler. Silver-gilt. 37 mm. (1.45 inches) in diameter. 39.80 grammes in weight.

Condition: Nearly very fine, with much of its original gilding present.

Notes: The top edge of this medal shows the merest hint of once having been mounted, perhaps with a loop or suspension clasp. Traces of an inked inventory number, from an old collection, can be found in the obverse field, to left. Franz von Sickingen (1481-1523), a German knight who inherited considerable estates on the Rhine. He assisted in the election of Charles V as emperor in 1519, under whom, as stated in the legend on this medal, he served as imperial chamberlain and councillor. He promoted Reformation and in 1522 headed a league for its advancement throughout the German states. He was eventually defeated by an alliance of the archbishop of Trier, the landgrave of Hesse and the count palatine of the Rhine. Would you please note that you are in the ARCHIVE page of the website, where all sold items are placed. For items that are still available, please go to the menu opposite and click on MEDALS & MEDALLIC ART.

References: Habich 1666.