Selected References

A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance before Cellini

George Francis Hill The standard reference for early Italian Renaissance medals, being a corpus of all medals of the period which has yet to be superseded since its publication in 1930. Reprinted in 1984 with addenda by Graham Pollard.

Italian Medals c. 1530-1600 in British Public Collections

Philip Attwood Technically a catalog of medals in British museums, the holdings are so extensive and are organized so that this book acts as a continuation of Hill's corpus for the remainder of the sixteenth century. Unfortunately, papal medals are omitted.

Le Medaglie Italiane del XVI secolo

Giuseppe Toderi and Fiorenza Vannel A full corpus of all sixteenth century Italian medals, including papal medals.

Renaissance Medals, Volume One: Italy

Renaissance Medals, Volume Two: France, Germany, The Netherlands, and England

John Graham Pollard An extensive cataloging of the holdings of the National Gallery of Art, mainly consisting of the excellent Kress Collection. Extremely extensive, and with excellent descriptions and images that are included within the text.

Medaglie Italiane del Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Volume I: Secoli XV - XVI

Medaglie Italiane del Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Volume II: Secolo XVII

Medaglie Italiane del Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Volume III: Secolo XVIII

Medaglie Italiane del Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Volume IV: Secolo XIX

Fiorenza Vannel and Giuseppe Toderi A full cataloging of all the Italian medals in the Bargello museum in Florence, but lacking any background descriptions of the medals.

Die italienischen Medaillen der Renaissance und des Barock (1450 bis 1750)

Lore Börner This catalogue of the Italian medals in the Berlin Coin Cabinet has become an oft-referred to reference due to the breadth of the collection, especially in baroque medals which are not well catalogued elsewhere.

La Medaglia Barocca in Toscana

Fiorenza Vannel and Giuseppe Toderi The standard corpus of Florentine baroque medals, listing all pieces from Soldani and the artists who followed in his style.

Corpus Numismatum Omnium Romanorum Pontificum (C.N.O.R.P.), Volume I: da San Pietro (42-67) a Adriano VI (1522-1523)

Corpus Numismatum Omnium Romanorum Pontificum (C.N.O.R.P.), Volume II: da Clemente VII (1523-1534) a Paolo IV (1555-1559)

Corpus Numismatum Omnium Romanorum Pontificum (C.N.O.R.P.), Volume III: da Pio IV (1559-1565) a Gregorio XIII (1572-1585)

Corpus Numismatum Omnium Romanorum Pontificum (C.N.O.R.P.), Volume IV: da Sisto V (1585-1590) a Paolo V (1605-1621)

Adolfo Modesti The standard corpus for papal medals of the Renaissance, with extensive descriptions and notes on differences between original medals and later restrikes.

Il papato dal 1605 al 1669 attraverso le medaglie

Il papato dal 1669 al 1700 attraverso le medaglie

Il papato dal 1700 al 1730 attraverso le medaglie

Walter Miselli The standard corpus for papal medals of the Baroque, with brief descriptions and listings of specimens known to the author in various museum collections.

A Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Volume 1: AD 1402-1610

A Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Volume 2: 1600-1672

Mark Jones While only cataloging the pieces in the British Museum, the holdings are so comprehensive that these two volumes have become the standard reference for French medals of the period.

The Currency of Fame: Portrait Medals of the Renaissance

Stephen K. Scher (ed.) Perhaps my favorite book on this list, this is an excellent catalog of an exhibition of Renaissance medals. With excellent descriptions and images (including some in color) of a selection of only the best and most important medals, this is ideal reading for anybody interesting in Renaissance medals.

The Renaissance Portrait: From Donatello to Bellini

Keith Christiansen and Stefan Weppelmann (eds.) A catalog of an exhibition on Renaissance portraits which includes a number of medals. Interesting reading, and it is nice to see medals being included with more "traditional" art. With excellent descriptions and color images for each specimen.

Roma Resurgens: Papal Medals from the Age of the Baroque

Nathan T. Whitman and John L. Varriano An exhibition catalog of papal medals. While the image quality is not the best, the interesting descriptions for each medal, especially regarding an estimate of when each specimen was struck, make it important reading for those interested in the period.

The Art of the Medal

Mark Jones A wonderful brief introduction to medals in general, from the Renaissance to modern times.

Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century, 1792-1892

R. W. Julian The standard reference for medals struck by the U.S. Mint during the time period noted; well researched and organized.

Comitia Americana and Related Medals: Underappreciated Monuments to Our Heritage

John W. Adams and Anne E. Bentley An spectacular book chronicling the creation of the Comitia Americana medals, the background of the events leading to the awarding of the medals, and a study of the die states for each medal.