Battle of Four Days 1666, silver medal city of Amsterdam

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The Battle of the Four Days, naval action with the Dutch, 1666, silver medal of the city of Amsterdam, a Roman general with Belgic lion stands before a cityscape, Manhafticheyt beschermt het land …, rev., legend, in form of a poem, and date, in thirteen lines, Toen Munster week en Carels kielen vloon, liet Vander Wey dees silvre stempel smade …, 46mm (MI 520/166; vL II, 524; MH 573). Extremely fine and rare.
The medal, which also commemorates the peace concluded with the Bishop of Münster, was struck at the expense of Van der Wey for presentation to members of the 3rd Company of the Town Guard. The obverse legend is in two rhyming sentences and the reverse continues in the form of a poem.

Provenance: Schulman Auction, 8 November, 2008
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £480.00

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Admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter 1666, medal

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Admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676), naval action with the Dutch, 1666, cast pewter medal, by O [Wouter] Müller, bust of de Ruyter facing in armour and cravat, wearing Collar and Order, two tritons holding a naval crown above, naval trophies behind his shoulders, rev., view of the engagement, legends both sides in imitation of engraving, 79mm (MI 521/167; Eim. 237; MH 567; vL II, 527). A solid cast of a rare medal normally formed of two clichés bound by a rim; wear to high spots, about very fine.
Issued following his success in the Four Days Battle fought in June 1666.

Provenance:
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £375.00

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The Battle of Turnhout. silver jeton, 1597

104104aThe Battle of Turnhout and Spanish defeats, by Prince Maurice of Nassau, Dutch silver jeton, 1597, a hand from heaven holds three united shields of France, England and United Provinces, A DOMINO FACTVM EST ISTVD, rev., legend in eleven lines, ORDIN AVSPIC PRIN MAVRI DVCTV … DITIONE PACTA 1597, 29mm (MI 167/156; Dugn. 3412). Good very fine and extremely rare.
The jeton is a combination of the obverse and reverse of separate pieces and whilst dated 1597, the British arms on the obverse incorporate those of Scotland, thus not prior to 1609.

Provenance: Bt. Spink.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £295.00

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The Death of Queen Mary, Dutch silver medal, 1694

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The Death of Queen Mary, Dutch silver medal, 1694, by Jacob van Dishoeke, bust of Mary left, loosely draped, rev., sarcophagus with a cypress tree at each corner, in front a laureate skull and palms placed on a tablet, MERLIORI NATA CORONA, the edge with engraved legend, 49mm (MI 121/365). Extremely fine and very rare, the obverse lightly toned.

Provenance: Künker Auction, 12 March, 2008 (lot 5690).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £850.00

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William III, presentation to City of Dublin, silver medal 1698,

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William III, presentation of the new Lord Mayor’s Great Chain of Office and Medal to the City of Dublin, large silver medal, 1698, by James Roettier, armoured bust of William right, mantle around and hair long over right shoulder, GVLIELMVS TERTIVS DG MAG BRIT FRAN ET HIB REX, signed on truncation, James R. F., rev., legend in eight lines, GVLIELMVS III ANTIQVAM ET FIDELEM HIBERNIÆ METROPOLIN HOC INDVLGENTIÆ SVÆ MVNERE ORNAVIT BARTH VAN HOMRIGH ARM VRB PRÆTORE MDCXCVIII, 84.5mm, 232g (MI 197/509; Eim. 378; Westropp 67-08; Farquhar, BNJ IX, 1913, pp 31-34, illus; Murdoch 421). A magnificent and exceptionally rare medal, a few minor marks but nearly extremely fine, lightly toned.
The reverse legend refers to Bartholomew van Homrigh, elected Lord Mayor in 1697. Charles II had presented the previous chain of office but this had been removed by Sir Michael Creagh during the troubles. van Homrigh had built Celbridge Abbey in 1697 and it was to the Abbey that Dean Jonathan Swift would frequently go to visit Van Homrigh’s daughter Esther, whom he immortalised as ‘Vanessa’. The Great Chain is composed of links representing the Tudor rose and links in the shape of the letter S whilst on each side is a harp and at the lowest point is a link in the shape of a porcullis. The medal, identical to this, is of gold. It is presently on display at the Civic Hall, Dublin.
An image of the obverse of this medal forms the frontispiece to Medallic Illustrations, vol. II [1885

Provenance: Bt. T. Millett, April, 2002.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £8000.00

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Johann Georg II 1678, Elector of Saxony

489489aJohann Georg II (1613-1656-1680), Elector of Saxony, Knight of the Garter, St George’s Day Celebrations at Dresden, silver medallic Thaler, 1678, Dresden mint, St George on horseback slays the dragon, rev., legend in nine lines within wreath, DU TRÉ HAUT TRÉ PUISSANT … PRINCE CHARLES II …, 49.5mm (MI 572/242; Molinari 343; Davenport 7633; KM 565). Very fine.
A “Great Festival” was held at Dresden in honour of the Order of the Garter, on 23 April, 1678. Johann Georg II had been installed as a Knight of the Garter in Windsor, on 29 May 1671.

Provenance: “History in Coins”, November 2011.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £180.00

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Elizabeth Cleypole [Claypole] daughter of Oliver Cromwell

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 Elizabeth Cleypole [Claypole] (1629-1658), second daughter of Oliver Cromwell, oval uniface bronze medal, a Stuart restitution after the medal by John Kirk copying Thomas Simon, struck mid-late 18th century, bust right, her hair in ringlets, wearing necklace, within raised laurel wreath border, 50 x 41mm (MI 431/76; cf. Platt II, p. 40). Extremely fine

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £160.00

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Alliance of England, France, United Provinces, Dutch copper jeton, 1596

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The alliance between England, France and the United Provinces, Dutch copper jeton, 1596, struck in Dordrecht, Belgic Lion to left, with sword and arrows, SC below, rev., hand from clouds holds three linked tassels, RVMPITVR HAVD FACILE MDXCVI, 29mm, (MI 160/141; vL I, 471; Dugn 3398). Very fine..

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £160.00

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King Charles II, silver badge by Thomas Rawlins

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Charles II, Restoration, oval silver badge, by Thomas Rawlins, crowned bust right, with long hair, ornamental border, rev., incuse design, in imitation of engraving, shield of Royal arms within Garter, crown above dividing C R, striated field, 39 x 30mm (MI 444/19; Eim. 204; Platt II, p. 354), integral suspension loop. Good very fine, the gilding contemporary, cast, lightly chased and scarce.

Provenance: Morton & Eden, May, 2003 (lot 1184); ex Greta S. Heckett Collection, Sotheby’s, 25 May 1977 (lot 149).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £750.00

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Charles I, gilt-silver Royalist Badge, by Thomas Rawlins

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Charles I, gilt-silver Royalist Badge, by Thomas Rawlins, crowned bust of Charles I right with falling lace collar, wearing Garter Collar and George, CAROLVS DG MAG BRITAN FRAN ET HIB REX FI D, rev., bust of Henrietta Maria left, her hair tied back, decorative dress tied with bow, pearl necklace with drop, signed T RAWLINS F below, HENRETTA MARIA DG MAG BRITAN FRAN ET HIB REG, wreath border around to both sides, 57 x 40mm (MI 354/216; pl. XXXI,6; Eim. 166; Platt I, type A, p. 186-87), integral suspension loop and small loop at bottom (to take pearl drop). Very fine.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £1600.00

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