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Charles IX of France 1568, Spectacular Die-Crack.


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Renaissance France. a 1780 restrike from original dies bronze Medal, originally issued in 1568, attributed to Guillaume Martin (active from before 1558-?1590) of Charles IX of France (1550-1560-1574).

Obverse : Laureate and cuirassed bust right, 'CAROLVS IX D G FRAN REX,
Reverse : Fame blowing trumpet, 'SVA CIRCVIT ORBE FAMA'. reverse attributed to G Martin.
35mm bronze
(BMC [Jones] Vol I, 88). Tresor.18.3, Med.fran.(1892).31

Mine is stretched to 37mm, with obverse edge convexed & reverse edge concaved and doubling(if not trebling) of the edge decorations, planchet uneven, not in collar, overheated planchet? obviously done to eke a few more medals from the badly cracked die. The die-crack & the stretched uneven planchet make it rather special to me, else I would not have bought it.

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Compare with this one from the Michael Hall Collection, it has the same die crack, it is the right diameter 35 and has no stretched edge, or doubling.

 

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That's a wonderful find. The die crack and stretched planchet really do make it special. Wonderful color and relief too. :bthumbsup:

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