Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


SELVI, Antonio: Italy, 1719, Bronze (cast), 87 mm
Obv: Bust of Cerretani (r)    IO. BAPT. CERRETANVS. SEN. FLOR. EQ. D. STEPH .AVD. COSM. III. M. ETR. D
Rev: Virtue with hand on winged masculine figure; Fortune seated on a wheel    VIRTVTE. EM. INVOLVO.
Exergue: 1719
Ref: Vannel and Toderi, 149; Johnson p.167;  Weiss BW386

Giovan Battista Cerretani (1680-1719) was a poet and author, a lawyer and auditor to Cosimo III, a numismatist and collector, a member the Academy of Florence and a senator of Florence. The medal was made on his death at 39 yrs of age.