JOHANN FRIEDRICH I, ELECTOR OF
REINHART, Hans (workshop): Germany, 1535, Ag (cast), 64 mm
Obv: Three quarter bust of Johann Friedrich. He bears a heavy chain
around his neck and holds the electoral sword in his right hand and the
electoral cap in his left. Around: IOANNS.FRIDERICVS.ELECTOR.DVX
SAXONIE.FIERI.FECIT.ETATIS SVAE.32 (Johann Friedrich, Elector of Saxony
Caused this to Be Made at the Age of 32).
Rev: Johann's full heraldic achievement on shield, ornamented with
scrolls, oak-leaf tendrils and birds' heads on the corners SPES. MEA .
IN. DEO. EST. ANNO. NOSTRI. SALVATORIS. M.D.X.X.X.V (My Hope Is in God,
in the Year of Our Savior 1535)
Note: This medal is from the workshop of the great German medallist
Hans Reinhart. It differs from that of the master in that on Reinhartís
medal there is an inscription around his neck REN*ALS*IN*EREN which is
cut off by the collar and which when translated in full reads: "There is no
defense against an honorable man." This inscription is partially illegible
on this specimen. It also differs slightly on the ornamentation of the
handle of the sword. The fields of the obverse and reverse show evidence of
old chasing. It is unsigned.
The bust on the obverse is thought to have been taken from the portrait of
Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Ref: Currency of Fame p.285; For Reinhart medal see also,
Trusted 90/139; Kress 115/605; Salton #94; Habich, II, 1,
p.279, no. 1935; Weiss BW725
For a brief biographical sketch of Johann
Friedrich I, the Magnanimous (1503-1554), Elector of Saxony (1532-1547), see
medal by Milicz.
Portrait of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous
(from National Gallery)
Biography of Johann Friedrick (from Wikipedia)