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Buy or Bid Sale 216  27 Jul 2021
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Lot 646

Estimate: 750 USD
Price realized: 750 USD
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Italian States, Tuscany, 1685, Medal, AU; Italian States, Tuscany, 1685 Medal, AU, Francesco Redi by M. Soldani. This bronze medal is an original cast (they were not struck, all were cast) that has been gold plated and then polished. Redi was the personal physician of Cosimo III d'Medici, who ordered this medal produced in Redi's honor. Redi was also a scientist. Among his contributions was proving that spontaneous generation was an illusion. 87.mm, 167.7g. Goddess Athena handing wisdom to the world, trampling over the angel of death. Minor casting flaws possibly due to impurities in the alloying.
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