JAMES II IRISH GUN MONEY 1689

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JAMES II GUNMONEY (1685-1691),
SMALL HALFCROWN DATED Oct 1689
The obverse with Laureate head of James II left and IACOBVS•II• DEI•GRATIA, the reverse with XXX over crowned scepters and Oct, •MAG•BR•FRA•ET•HIB•REX•;
light wear , piercing at top,

Gun money was an issue of coins made by the forces of James II during the Williamite War in Ireland between 1689 and 1691. They were minted in base metal (copper, brass or pewter), and were designed to be redeemed for silver coins following a victory by James II and consequently bore the date in months to allow a gradual replacement.

Price £95.00

Ref:1459

Robert Devereaux, 3rd Earl of Essex 1591-1646

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Robert Devereaux, 3rd Earl of Essex (1591-1646), Captain-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Parliamentary army, small oval gilt-silver Military Reward badge, 1642, armoured bust, almost full-face, with sash over shoulder, broad lace collar, rev., oval garnished shield of the arms of Essex, 31.5 x 22mm (MI 298/117; Platt II, type G, pp. 84-85), integral suspension loop and ring.
Very fine and rare.
Devereaux was the eldest son of Elizabeth I’s favourite who had been executed in 1602. He had been a successful commander of forces in the Netherlands and his Parliamentary appointments came with the commencement of the Civil War.

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

Price £970.00


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Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot

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The baptism of Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot, crowned arms of the Duke of York in oval, NON SIC MILLE COHORTS, rev., legend within wide floral border, IACOBVS DVX EBOR NAT 15 OCT BAPTIZ 24 NOVE 1633, 28.5mm (MI 268/65; Eim 126B; BMC [Jones] 161-163; Platt p.140).
Very fine.
Nicholas Briot (1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.

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

Price £255.00

Baptism of Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal 1633, by Nicolas Briot

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The baptism of Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot, crowned arms of the Duke of York in oval, NON SIC MILLE COHORTS, rev., legend within wide floral border, IACOBVS DVX EBOR NAT 15 OCT BAPTIZ 24 NOVE 1633, 29mm (MI 268/65; Eim 126B; BMC [Jones] 161-163; Platt p.140). Extremely fine
The date is given as 15 October in error.

Nicholas Briot (1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.

Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 11 December, 2001
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £300.00

Ref:229

Charles I, tribute Queen Henrietta Maria, silver medal, 1628 Nicolas Briot,

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Charles I, tribute to Queen Henrietta Maria, silver medal, 1628, by Nicolas Briot, signed NB in reverse exergue, crown over the two shields of England and France, HEN MAR BORBON DG MAG BRIT FRAN ET HIB REG, rev., a grove where one tree dominates the rest, ships at sea beyond, SVPEREMINET OMNES, 28mm (MI 249/24; Eim 110; BMC [Jones] 128; Platt, type B, p. 119).

Very fine, the rarer variety.

Nicholas Briot (1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.

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

Price £300.00

Ref:201

James I, Union of England and Scotland, cast oval silver medal 1604

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James I, the attempted Union of England and Scotland, cast oval silver medal or badge, 1604, bust of the King three-quarters right wearing flamboyant plumed hat with a rectangular jewel, plain lace collar, richly decorated armour, a sash around his shoulder, IAC D G MAG BRIT FR ET HIB R, border around formed of a chain of roses and thistles, rev., celestial clouds radiate over crossed sceptres passing through a single crown, 1604 below, FIRMANTVR BINA SVB VNO around, border also formed of roses and thistles, 54.5 x 44.5mm (cf. MI 194/17; Farquhar I, 162; CP 18/4), set in an intricate contemporary cable-and-link border-mount with plain suspension loop. A superb medal, nearly extremely fine, minor solder marks where border attached, and with a flaw in obverse field (by HIB), of the highest rarity.
The medal was issued whilst James was trying to establish full Union between the kingdoms of England and Scotland and whilst SCO is missing from the obverse legend, the reverse legend, FIRMANTVR BINA SVB VNO [The two are established under one] more than compensates. The first meeting of Parliamentary Commissioners of the two countries took place exactly 410 years ago on 15 October 1604. Two other examples are recorded (MI 194/17), in the Hunter Collection in silver and the British Museum, in bronze, on both of which the precise date is given. Comparison shows other minor but distinct differences between the portrait on this medal and the two others.
Provenance: Morton & Eden, 20-21 May, 2003 (lot 1119), where stated to be ex Helen Farquhar Collection (but not in Farquhar Auction, Glendining, 24 April, 1955.

Price £SOLD

Ref:141

Charles I, small silver Memorial Badge, 1649, by Thomas Rawlins

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 Charles I, small silver Memorial Badge, 1649, by Thomas Rawlins, armoured bust of king left, hair long, Garter George on ribbon, CAROLVS DG MAG BR FR ET HI REX, rev., C – R to either side skull and between celestial and earthly crowns, GLORIA VANITAS, outer legend, BEATEM ET ETERNAM SPLENDIDAM AT GRAVEM, 26.5 x 20.5mm (MI 344/196; Platt I, type A, p. 264), integral suspension loop and ring. Very fine with grey tone, very rare.
The badge merits a long footnote in MI.

Provenance: Bt. T. Millett List, 2001 (no. 218).

Price £SOLD.00

Ref:291

Alliance between England, France & United Provinces, Dutch 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, 28mm, (MI 160/141; vL I, 471; Dugn 3398).

Good very fine.

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

Price £300.00

Ref:94

Archbishop William Sancroft & the Seven Bishops, Silver Medal, 1688, by George Bower

516a 516Archbishop William Sancroft (1617-1693) and the Seven Bishops, cast Silver Medal, 1688, by George Bower, bust of Sancroft right, in clerical robes and cap, rev., medallic portraits and the names of the Bishop of London and the six imprisoned bishops, 50mm (MI 622/37; Eimer 288b; Fearon, Sancroft, Figs 4 & 5; Weiss Fig 13; Weiss, Badge of Intolerance, Fig 1).

Good very fine and toned.

The Bishops committed to the Tower of London were Henry Compton [London] shown in centre, and from top right and around, Francis Turner [Ely], Thomas Ken [Bath], John Trelawney [Bristol], Thomas White [Peterborough], John Lake [Chichester] and William Lloyd [St. Asaph].

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

Price £185.00

Ref:516

Gen George Monk Duke of Albemarle silver badge, 1660, by Thomas Rawlins

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General George Monk (1608-1670), 1st Duke of Albemarle [1660], Commander-in-Chief, politician and key figure in the Restoration of Charles II, silver badge, 1660, by Thomas Rawlins, armoured bust left, incised legend, GEORGE DVKE OF ALBEMARLE, rev., ducal coronet above the arms of Monk, within Garter, stippled background, wreath border to both sides, 40 x 31mm (MI 466/65, illus.; Eim. 218; MH 49; Platt II, pp. 222-23), suspension loop and ring. Nearly extremely fine, a little light tooling to obverse, extremely rare.

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

Price £2000.00

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