On March 11, thirteen members of the Montgomery County Coin Club, Washington Numismatic Society, and the Bowie Coin Club took a private tour of the Renaissance medals in the collection of the National Gallery of Art. NGA Associate Curator of Sculpture Eleonora Luciano dislayed one of her favorites, a medal commemorating both the assassination of Giuliano de’ Medici and the escape of his brother Lorenzo on April 26, 1478 during High Mass at the Duomo in Florence. The medal, a Medici propaganda piece in response to the Pazzi conspiracy, is not on public display.
Provided with gloves by the NGA, members spent an hour examing Italian, English and French medals while Dr. Luciano explained the history, manufacture and use of the medals in the 15th and 16th centuries. The medals included ones from the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, a cast copy of the Great Seal of England under the Commonwealth, other Medici medals, medals in the style of Roman bronze coinage and French medals with deliberately incused reverses mirroring the designs on the reverse.
Kenneth Swab, President of the Montgomery County Coin Club, arranged the tour.