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Estimate: 1'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 1'500 CHF Price realized: 1'900 CHF
The Knights of St. John in Malta. Pietro del Monte, 50th Grand Master, 1568-1572. Zecchino, n.d. AV 3.38 g. F.PETRVS DE - MONTE The Grand Master kneeling l., receiving from St. John, nimbate and standing r., staff with flag of the Order; below flag, M/P and rosette. Rev. DA MICHI VIRTVTEM - CONTRA HOSTES TVO Within mandorla, Christ, nimbate, standing facing, holding Book of Gospels in his l. hand, his r. hand raised in benediction; in field l., four stars, r. five stars. Azzopardi, Malta 690; Fr. 6; Restelli-Sammut 57, 1 and pl. XIII, 1; Schembri 51, 1 and pl. 7, 6.
Rare. Almost extremely fine
Provenance: Acquired 1967 in privat treaty from R. Barthold, Paris.
Grand Master Pietro del Monte, 1568-1572.
Del Monte had a distinguished career prior to his election as Grand Master at the death of la Vallette (he was in charge of the defense of Senglea during the Great Siege), and saw his main task to be the completion of the new city of Valletta under the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar. This was officially achieved when the Order moved from Borgo to Valletta on 18 March 1571. The military low and high points of his reign both concerned the navy. In 1570, in an encounter with the corsairs the commander of the galleys shamefully fled after losing two ships and beaching his own; he was executed for cowardice. In 1571, at the great battle of Lepanto the three galleys of the Knights were in the forefront of the action and opposed the finest Turkish ships with glorious heroism, though the crews of two out of the three ships were almost entirely wiped out. The coinage struck by del Monte was similar to la Vallette’s

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