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Christopher Columbus

Italian
19th century
Artist Nicola Cerbara (Italian (Roman), 1796–1869)


Mint: Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 42 mm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.257

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Christopher Columbus (about 1451-1506). There is a patch on top edge.

Obvere: Profile bust of Christopher Columbus looking to proper left, wearing a cap; inscribed at edge “CHRISTOPHORVS COLOMBO” and under bust “NIC.CERBARA F.”.

Reverse: Inscribed at center “NOVA/ORBIS PARTE/VETERI ADIECTA/VTRIVSQVE COMMODIS/CONIVNCTIS” over a single-masted ship at center within two branches tied together below.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "CHRISTOPHORVS COLOMBO" and under bust "NIC.CERBARA F.".

Reverse: Inscribed at center "NOVA/ORBIS PARTE/VETERI ADIECTA/VTRIVSQVE COMMODIS/CONIVNCTIS".

Provenance

By 1917, Dr. Samuel Abbott Green; 1917, gift of Dr. Samuel Abbott Green to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 15, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Samuel Abbott Green