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Reference:4006 Johann IV von Manderscheid, Bishop of Strassburg, 1569

Bust right, draped, in high-collared robe and wearing a biretta. An elaborate armorial shield. Attributed to Lorenzo Fragni. Silver, cast. (12.60 grammes). 32.70 mm. (1.30 inches) in diameter.

Condition: Nearly extremely fine and a good cast.

Notes: Johann IV von Manderscheid was Bishop of Strassburg (1569-92). Lorenzo Fragni (fl.1550-80), also known as Lorenzo Parmense, a Parma goldsmith, and a gem, coin and medal engraver, was employed at the Papal Mint in Rome (Forrer II, 133-35). A comparable, if slightly better, example of this rare medal was sold by Sotheby's (London) on 8 July 1997, Lot 235 (3000).

References: Habich (Italian Medals, 1916), p. 239; Forrer VIII, 114.