Bianca Maria Sforza, 2nd wife of Emperor Maximilian
Bianca Maria Sforza (1472-1510), sister of Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, was married to Emperor Maximilian in second marriage in 1493. Her uncle Lodovico Sforza contributed an opulent dowry of 400,000 florins. In return, he was given imperial investiture of the Duchy of Milan (in 1495), which the Sforza had usurped since 1450. The marriage was not a happy one and remained without issue. Maximilian even left his wife as pawn occasionally when he could not pay his bills while travelling. The emperor lost interest in Bianca when Milan fell to the French in 1500 and was no longer a source of income. Bianca was not present at the imperial proclamation in Trient in 1508. She lived with her own court of Milanese people in various castles in Tyrol. She died in Innsbruck in 1510 - Maximilian did not arrive until after her burial.
Schauguldiner n. d. (1506), Hall. Ø 39 mm, 18,09 g. Egg S.55; M/T p.42.
On the wedding of emperor Maximilian with Bianca Maria Sforza. Die-sinker:Gian Marco Cavalli.
Obv.: MaXIMILIANVS·ROmanorum REX·ET BIANCA Maria·CoNIuGES IVncti
effigies of Bianca Maria Sforza and Maximilian
with the chain (but not the order) of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Rev.: ESTO·NOBIS TVRRIS + fORtitudinis·A FACIE INIMiCiM
"Be a tower of strength in the face of enemies"
Virgin Mary with child surrounded by the heads of seven winged angels.
Compare the piece in gold at the Coin Cabinet in Vienna.
1/4 Guldiner (Teston) n. d. (1506), Hall. Ø 27 mm, 6,37 g. Egg p.161 no.19; M/T p.42 no.85.
On the wedding of Emperor Maximilian with Bianca Maria Sforza. Die-sinker: Gian Marco Cavalli.
Obv.: MaXIMILIAN(verbunden)V'·RO·REX·ET(spiegelverkehrt und verbunden)·BLAN(verbunden)CA· MA(verbunden)ria·CoNIVGES·IVncti· - effigies side by side to the right as before.
Rev.: ESTO·NOBIS·TVRRIS·FORtitudinis·A FACIE·INIMICIm· - as before.
• Robert von Schneider: Di un medaglista anonimo Mantovano dell'anno 1506 - RIN, 1890
• Erich Egg: Die Münzen Kaiser Maximilians I. - Innsbruck, n. d. (1971)
• Moser-Tursky [M/T]: Die Münzstätte Hall in Tirol 1477-1665 - Innsbruck 1977
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