Albert V, Duke of Bavaria

Allegorical Scene

Bronzed Tin, 124.0 mm Ø, 400.8 g
By Hans Ässlinger, 1558.
Obverse:  Half-length bust of Albert V facing right with divided beard, wearing decorative armor and chain with the Order of the Golden Fleece. Around, ALBERTVS · COM : PALAT : RHENI · VTRI : Q : BAVARIÆ DVX (Albert V, Palatine of the Rhine and Duke of Bavaria).
Reverse:  On the left, a lion attacking a bull. On the right, another lion protecting a lamb. Above, an angel in the clouds with outstretched arms holds two wreaths. In the background, two cities connected by a bridge over a river. Around, PARCERE SVBIECTIS ET DEBELLARE SVPERBOS 1558 (To spare the subjugated and defeat the haughty, 1558).

Albert V (b. 1528) was Duke of Bavaria from 1550 until his death in 1579. He was a leading figure in the German Counter-Reformation. The reverse is taken from Virgil's Aeneid (VI.853), and in this context refers to the Roman Catholic Church protecting the populace from the Protestant movement. Of numismatic interest, Albert V founded the Staatliche Münzsammlung Munich.


Fritz Rudolf Künker 297, 27 September 2017, lot 3250 (Dr. Rainer Opitz collection).

Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. 411, 31 October 2013, lot 1621 (Dr. Günther Brockmann collection).


Habich 1929-34, no. 3176

Cupperi et al. 2013, no. 158