CENTENARY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION: JOHN GEORGE I,
ELECTOR OF SAXONY
DADLER, Sebastian: Germany, 1630, Silver, 56 mm
Obv: Half-length bust of John George I, with a sword; inscription separated
with four coats of arms VERBVM DOMINI MANET IN AETERNVM DEN 25 IVNY ANNO
Rev: Legend: IOHANNS CHVRFVRST ZV SACHSSEN THVT, BEKENNEN FREY AVS HELDEN
MVTH: DAS DIE LEHR SO ER VBERGEBEN, SEY DIE RICHT SCHNVR ZVM EWIGEN LEBENN.
(Johann, Prince of Sachsen, proclaims that short of
heroism, the advice he gave is the right line to follow for everlasting
life) DEN 25. IVNY AO. 1630.
Signed: S. D.
Ref: Wiecek 56; Tentzel 46.4; Merseburger 1053; Schnell 72; Whiting 119;
Gopel 188; Internat. Med. Exhib. Am. Numis. Soc. NY, 1910, No. 836;
Europese Penningen # 1071; Maué 17; Weiss
This medal is similar to Wiecek 55 with the major
exception being the spelling of "LEBENN".
This medal was struck for the Saxon Elector John George I (1585-1656;
elector from 1615 to 1656) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
Augsburg Confession. The Augsburg Confession was the most important
Protestant statement of belief written at the time of the Reformation. It
was presented to the emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg, on June 25,
1530. It was compiled by Melanchthon, based on articles previously drawn up
by Martin Luther and has become the classical statement of Lutheran
doctrine. John George I was a Lutheran who aligned himself with
Adolphus of Sweden when Count Tilly and his imperial troops began to ravage
Saxony. In 1631 he fought alongside Gustavus Adolphus at the
Breitenfeld against Tilly's imperial forces. Although the Saxon troops were
routed, Gustavus was victorious.
Portrait and Biography of John George I (from Wikipedia)
LINK to the
Confession (from Wikipedia)
LINK to Text
of the Augsburg Confession, 1530 (from Project Wittenberg)