Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, “Signore” of Rimini since 1432, born in 1417 in Brescia and died in 1467.

Antonio Pisano (known as Pisanello) — Painter and Sculptor, 1395-1455.

He was born in Pisa, worked in Rimini, Venice, Naples, Ferrara and Mantova. Pisanello is considered ‘The Creator’ of the Renaissance medals.


Obverse: SIGISMVNDVS · DE · MALATESTIS · ARIMINI · 7C · E · ROMANE · ECCLESIE · CAPITANEVS/GENERALIS. Bust facing right, wearing plate armour over shirt of mail; on shoulder the Malatesta rose. Hair in heavy “zazzara”.

Reverse: OPVS·PISANI·PICTORIS. Sigismondo in full armour, plumet helmet, on charger to left, raising right hand with baton. In background a fortress with date M · CCCC · XLV; on a second tower the Malatesta shield of arms is visible.


Cast in 1445 when Sigismondo was made “Capitano Generale” by the Pope. The scene on the reverse may refer to the capture of Rocca Contrada in that same year.

100 mm. (Max. Diameter reported: 105 mm.). Bronze cast with brassy appearance.
Likely a more recent cast; lack of some details.
Hill 34; Armand I, 5, 14; Pollard 13 = Kress 13; Cordellier 277; Syson/Gordon 122, p. 35, fig. 1.40.