Parade armor was at once a form of expression, a feature of pageantry, and a vehicle of propaganda for European monarchs during the Renaissance, and that was especially true of Henry II of France, the last notable King from the House of Valois who had a pivotal reign in the mid-16th century. Henry left spectacular examples of this art form to posterity, particularly in the form of the Shield of Henry II of France now resident in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This intricately detailed creation is celebrated by Coins Today with the latest issue in the Shield Stacker series, the Shield of Henry II de France 2 oz Silver Stacker now available from Provident Metals.
The Shield of Henry II de France Silver Stacker is a standout bullion release of 2022: a gorgeous, shaped stacker featuring two Troy ounces of pure silver and high-relief engravings with a light antique finish. Provident Metals fully insures each piece shipped, sending your stacker inside a secure plastic capsule.
The stacker’s obverse side replicates the shape and design of the real shield at a tenth of its size, preserving an astonishing amount of the original’s detail in the process. At the center is a battle scene representing the Roman defeat at Cannae, intended as a parallel to France’s wars with the Holy Roman Empire, and this is surrounded by motifs and symbols associated with the King.
The round’s reverse side is blank, save for its showing a reverse impression of the artwork on the main face.
Some of Paris’ most famous artists created the designs that appear on Henry II’s shield, including Etienne Delauney, Jean Cousin the Elder, and Baptiste Pellerin. The level of care and detail in their work bespeaks the regard in which their patron was held: King Henry II of France may not have reigned long, but he was well-respected and left an influential mark on many aspects of French culture and history, even including innovations to the execution of patent law. His contributions to his tumultuous times shaped the events of the Reformation and of France’s struggle with the Holy Roman Empire at a crucial historic moment.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Product Series||Henry II|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Metal Content||2 Troy Ounces|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Dimensions||60 x 42.5 mm|