Unlisted Rare Czech World's Columbian Medal, Lot #145
The design of this aluminum medal gives us two images that are unique to the 1,000+ different Columbian medals we have sold. The royal lion on the obverse is one of those images that grows on you. After I had looked at it without a magnifier and then several times with a loupe the features seemed to be more pronounced with excellent details on the lion's mane, his crown and his feet. The reverse also offers a unique image: Columbus at the court of Isabella as not previously appearing on any coin or medal I have ever seen. Don't confuse the desirability of the unusual scene with its apparent lack of detail. The people surrounding the table all seem to have pretty undetailed features, more like faceless mannequins, as minted not from wear. If you look closely the creativity does show: In the background perhaps in a harbor just outside the castle you can see Columbus' ships. That's probably a bit of aratistic license. The court of royalty probably didn't have a panorama of the harbor. A unique piece I suspect is NOT in the collection of any of our regular client collectors. I would love to hear from anyone who does have this medal as we will be discussing rarity among many other criteria in our forthcoming 2021 Columbian "Rarities" book.