Louis XIV , Consilio Nil Nisi attributed to Nicholas Briot, laureate bust right, verso the escutcheon of France, surrounded by the chain of the Order of St Michael and the chain of the Order of the Holy Spirit. The legend is CONSILIO NIL NISI (He undertakes nothing without thoughtfulness). Issued 1617
Condition: worn and pierced, rare version
Nicholas Briot (about 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.
The Death of Queen Mary, copper medal, 1694, by James and Norbert Roettier, bust right, rev., legend in four lines and around, SVBLATAM EX OCVLIS QVÆRIMVS INVIDI, 49.5mm (MI 111/343; Eim. 362; Farquhar III, 58).
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals Ref.563
The Peace of Breda, Dutch lead or pewter medal, 1667, unsigned, Peace, helped by a cherub, sets fire to a pile of military trophies, BELLO AB ANGLIS ILLATO …, rev., an aerial panoramic view of Breda, BREDA BELLONÆ SEDES …, 87mm (MI 530/178, not recorded in lead; vL II, 534).
Piercing at top, very fine.
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals Ref.460
King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned and draped bust left, hair long, rev., crowned Royal arms within Garter, wreath border to both sides, 19.5 x 15.5mm (MI 440/8, var.; pl. XL, 13).
MI records the badge from an example with the CAROLVS SECVNDVS legend.
Provenance: Richard. Falkiner, 2003.
Scottish soldier and politician. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-general in the British Army, was noted for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland..
Artist: by H.D.Cook after John Hoppner R.A. 1758-1810
Size 28 x 22cm full margin and plate mark
The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his Pastorals in 1709. With The Rape of the Lock 1712, and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote ‘what oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed’. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham, he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.
Artist: by John Simon, after Michael Dahl 1728
Size 35 x 25cm trimmed as illustrated
The Murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), silver medal, 1678, by George Bower, bust of Godfrey right, two hands strangling him with his cravat, rev., the Pope watches as Godfrey is murdered by Robert Green, TANTVM RELLIGIO POTVIT, dated on lettered edge, edge inscribed CERVICE FRACTA FIDEM. SVSTVLIT ATLAS XNS 1678, 39mm (MI 577/247; Eim. 257).
Extremely fine and lightly toned.
The murder of Godfrey, supposedly instigated by the Roman Catholics, remains something of a mystery. In December 1678 one Miles Prance, was arrested for conspiracy and confessed that he had taken part in the murder which was committed in the courtyard of Somerset House. Godfrey, he stated, was strangled in the presence of three priests, by Robert Green, Lawrence Hill and Henry Berry and the body was taken to Hampstead. Green, Hill and Berry were arrested and in February 1679 they were hanged. This and the following medals depict various aspects of the story. The reverse legend on this medal is extracted from Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura, part of the famous observation on the evil deeds inspired by religious zeal.
Provenance: Baldwin List, 2005 (no. 17).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals Ref.492
Charles I, a miniature silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins, bust of Charles I left, his hair falling over plain lace collar, rev., in incuse, crowned shield of arms within Garter, 15.5 x 11mm (MI 363/240; pl. XXXII/18; Platt I, p. 290, type O, not illustrated), integral suspension loop.
Very fine with dark tone and very rare.
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals
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).
Louis XIV, naval action off Beachy Head [Bévéziers], French copper medal, 1690, by J. Mauger, bust right with flowing hair, rev., Louis enthroned in pavilion gives instructions to Victory who holds palm branch and three arrows, VICTORIA OBSEQVENS, further legend in exergue, 41.5mm (MI 711/125; vL IV, 15, 3; MH 110; Divo 231).
From the series of medals depicting Medallic History of Louis XIV.