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World, Italy, Florence (Firenze) Alessandro de Medici, gold scudo d'oro, 1533

World, Italy, Florence (Firenze) Alessandro de Medici, gold scudo d'oro, 1533

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World, Italy, Florence (Firenze) Alessandro de Medici, gold scudo d'oro 1533, dies by Bastiano Cennini. 26 mm, 2.95 g. 


Cennini was the predecessor of Benvenuto Cellini as engraver at the Florence mint; Cellini was not impressed by his skill, and was famously outraged when he discovered that these dies were being muled with his own work in 1534. The resulting argument with the Duke resulted in Cellini's premature departure from Florence, on to Rome. 

VF+, good surfaces, a few trivial marks, slightly clipped. Rare.

MIR 96

ex-Italo Vecchi (London), 3 February 1999, lot 1721 
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