Antique Polish Bronze Medal Władysław Warneńczyk (Ladislas of Varna) by J.F. Holzhäussera struck in bronze with ultra-high relief, with fine details.
Description: Obverse: Portrait of King Władysław III of Varna in armor and a helmet with a crown of the, turned almost directly to the right. Legend; VLADISLAUS VARNENSIS. (Władysław Warneńczyk. Signed under bust I. P. H[olzhäusser]. F[ecit].
Reverse: Inscription; JAGELLONIS FILIUS NATU MAJOR, VIVENTE PATRE REX POLONIAE DESIGNATUS, IN REGEM HUNGARIAE CORONATUS A[nno] D[omini] 1440. AD VARNAM IN PRAELIO CUM TURCIS COMMISSO FOEDIFRAGI CONSILII VICTIMA OCCUBUIT A[nno] D[omini] 1444. AETAT [is] 20. REG [ni] POL [oniae] 11. D[ie] 10. NOVEMB [ris].
Władysław III (31 October 1424 – 10 November 1444), also known as Ladislaus of Varna, was King of Poland and the Supreme Duke (Supremus Dux) of Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1434 as well as King of Hungary and Croatia from 1440 until his death at the Battle of Varna He was the eldest son of Władysław II Jagiełło King of Poland.
DIAMETER: 44 mm (1.73 inches).
THICKNESS: 4 mm.
WEIGHT: 39 grams.
CONDITION: Age and use are showing There are some scratches and nicks. But overall good condition considering the age. Please see all pictures in the listing since they are part of the description of the object's condition.
Reference: jak Hutten-Czapski 3426, Raczyński 606
In the 1790's, Polish King Stanislaw II August Poniatowski commissioned a set of medals Suita Królewska.(TREASURES OF STANISLAW AUGUST) showcasing portraits and biographical information on each Polish King from Boleslaus I up to himself. The first ten medals, up to Alexander Jagiello, were engraved by J. P. Holzhaeusser. The last eleven, from Sigismund I Jagiello on, were done by J. J. Reichel.
A similar medal but later Copy which is cast and not struck as our medal is in the collection of The Royal Castle In Warsaw – Museum in Poland. Please see the link below.
Medals of Władysław Warneńczyk (Ladislas of Varna) and other medals of Polish kings from the "Suita Królewska" were copied for the desires of collectors in the 19th century by the "Huta Białogon" manufacture in Kielce (Poland) in two versions; casts in bronze and cast in iron.
Our medal is not cast but struck in bronze and will be provided with a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure the buyer that it is a 100% authentic antique struck in bronze medal.