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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 59. Estimate CHF500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Italy, Venice. Giovanni I Cornaro. 1625-1629. Medal (Bronze, 48mm, 36.06 g 12), an original struck example, by G. F. Travani, 1647. IO CORNELIVS.DVX.VENET.OBIIT.A.D.MDCXXIX Bust of the Doge to left, wearing tiara and robes; on truncation, .AET.S.78 Rev. ÆTERNÆ / IN PATREM OPTIMVM / OBSERVANTIÆ MEMORIAM / EXTARE VOLVIT / IN HOC METALLO / VVLTV EIVS EXCVSO / FEDERICVS CARD CORNELIVS / ROMAE AN DNI / MDCXXXXVII Vannel Toderi, Bargello, II/501. Voltolina 937. Very rare. With an attractive brown tone and a striking portrait of the Doge . Extremely fine.

This medal was commissioned by the Doge’s son, Cardinal Federico Corner (1579-1653), who had been made a cardinal in 1626. He was, in fact, Patriarch of Venice from 1631-1644; his brother was Francesco Corner, who had the shortest rule of any doge (19 days, 17 May-5 June 1656).