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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 39. Estimate CHF1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF2600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Italy, Florence. Cosimo I de’ Medici. 1537-1574. Medal (Bronze, 40mm, 35.08 g 6), on the construction of the Palace of the Uffizi. By Domenico Poggini, 1561. COSMVS MED.FLOREN.ET SENAR.DVX II. Bust of Cosimo I to right, bare headed, bearded, wearing armor and cloak; beneath truncation, 1561. Rev. PVBLICAE COMMODITATI Aequitas standing facing, her head to left, holding scales and cornucopiae; behind her, views of the Palazzo degli Uffizi, the Loggia della Signoria, and the Palazzo Vecchio. Attwood 812. Rare. Lovely olive green patina, with some remaining incrustations on the surface as found. Some minor scratches from cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.

The traces of incrustations on the obverse of this coin make it likely that it had been buried as a foundation medal; the traces of cleaning support this view, as do the otherwise pristine surfaces.