Medal (Obverse)

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Postcard of Medal (Obverse).
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Medal (Obverse)

This is the obverse of a bronze medal designed by the Flemish artist Quintin Metsys in 1491. It bears a portrait of Archbishop Scheves of St Andrews.

The medal has a moulded rim and is pierced for suspension. The obverse has the Latin inscription 'WILHELMUS+SCHEVEZ SCI+ADREE+ARCHITEPS', which translates as 'William Scheves, Archbishop of St Andrews'.

In the Renaissance period, medals provided the opportunity to celebrate the individual, unrestricted by currency regulation. They were a popular reworking of Roman-style medallions.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-941-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1983.10
Date: 1491
Material: Cast bronze
Dimensions: 79 mm D x 7.5 mm deep
What: Medal, commemorative
Subject: Medals (NMAS Classification)
Who: Archbishop William Schevez
Quintin Metsys (Designer)
Where: Belgium / France
Scotland, Fife, St Andrews
Description: Bronze medal of Archbishop William Schevez of St Andrews, designed by Flemish artist Quintin Metsys, 1491
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