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Poland, 1790, iron medal in Casimir the Great


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Poland, iron medal on Casimir the Great, by J. P. Holzhäusser, medal series on Polish kings, 23 medals by Johann Jacob Reichel und Johann Philipp Holzhaeusser, ca. 1790 AD.,

Iron Medal (45 mm / 36,22 g),

Obv.: CASIMIRUS MAGNUS / H , crowned bust of Kasimir the Great left, holding shield with crowned lion; l. before bust, H[olzhäusser].

Rev.: LOCTICI / FILIUS, PRIMUS / IN PATRIA LEGES / COLLECTAS, ET / REDACTAS VISLICIAE / PROMULGAVIT, URBES / PLURIMAS CONDIDIT / MULTAS MUNIVIT RUSSIAM / RUBRAM REGNO ADJUNXIT, / ET FECIT ESSE BEATOS, / E DOMO PIA STEA / ULTIMUS REX. / OBIIT A. D. 1370. / AETAT: 60. REG: 33 / D. 5. NOVEMB. , in 16 lines.

Spis medalów polskich lub z dziejami krainy polskiéj stycznych, w gabinecie król, p193, no. 701. Gabinet medalów polskich oraz tych, które się dziejów Polski tyczą: [1764-95 p. XVII, no. 500 .

 

http://books.google.com/books?id=0jgXAAAAY...3NiZs&hl=en

 

http://books.google.com/books?id=n_wWAAAAY...;hl=en#PPR17,M1

 

This medal is old and genuine but should be silver.

 

What is the history of such iron medals? Are they contemporary cheap copies/casts for the common people?

Are they later copies for collectors?

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