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 · PANDVLFVS · DE · MALATESTIS · ARIMINI · FANI · D · Bust facing to the right, wearing over shirt of mail and a surcoat embroidered with Malatesta’s roses.

Reverse: · OPVS · PISANI · PICTORIS · Sigismondo standing to front, in full armour, with visor closed, holds sheathed sword in both hands. On the left, a rose tree presents his casque crowned with elephant head crest; on the right, a similar rose tree presents his shield of arms displaying “S.I.” monograms, the initials of Sigismondo and Isotta.


Cast in 1445 in Rimini, when Pisanello was guest of Malatesta. In this year Sigismondo relieved the besieged city of Fano and recovered the territory.

84.7 mm. (Max. Diameter reported: 90 mm.). Bronze cast.
Good quality with slight wear. Likely original cast.
Hill 33; Armand I, 5, 15; Pollard 12 = Kress 12; Cordellier 278; Syson/Gordon 19, p. 64, fig. 2.19.