• Code 140324-8

Poland, Jan III Sobieski (1624-1696). Cast bronze medal. Victory at Chocim, 1673, probably by Jan Hoehn the Younger (died 1693).


Æ, 47mm diameter, weight 25.7 grams.  PATRIÆ SCUTUM  NATALE DETECTÆ (The family shield of the unveiled homeland)  Facing bust.  Rv. IOANNI SOBIESKI  MAGNO REGNI ET MILITIA  MAGISTRO. OBRUPTI FOEDE  RIS QUOD PATER AD CHOC etc. in 14 lines (To Jan Sobieski, Marshal and Great Hetman of the Crown, for breaking the peace which his father concluded at Chocim, revenge also taken over the enemy, abolishing the army, conquering the camp, taking the booty, conquering Wallachia and Moldavia as Polish provinces, extending the borders to the Danube, making a funeral offering to his mother's grandfather, for the memory of eternal posterity solemnly bestowed).  Cf. Hutten-Czapski  2403.  Good VF, better for the issue

The victory won by Jan Sobieski over a 35,000-strong Turkish army at Chocim on 11 November 1673 brought him great fame and opened the way to the throne of Poland (1676-1696). Even before the Chocim Victory, the Hetman, praised in literary works, gained recognition among masters of the pen, graphic artists, painters and medallists.

Thanks to Lublin Museum, Poland, for the informtion. wmuzeach.pl.

See Forrer,pp. 520-523 for the medallist.


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