The “Calaisienne Medal” silver medal, 1454-55


The expulsion of the English from France, the “Calaisienne Medal”, French struck silver medal, 1454-55, a shield bearing the arms of France, surmounted by an open royal crown, branches of roses either side, legend in three concentric circles around, GLORIA : PAX : TIBI : SIT : REX : KAROLE : LAVS : Q3 : PERhENIUS : REGNUM : FRANCORUM /
/ REFORMANS : XPI : CONSILIO : LEGIS : ET : AUXILIO :, rev., cross with lis points within quadralobe, crowns in inner angles, cinquefoils in outer, legend around in three concentric circles, hORA : NOVIA : DOMINVS IhS : EXPIRAVIT : hELI : CLAMANS : ADIMAM / MENDAVIT : LATVS : EIVS : LANCEA : MIIIES : DEREORAVIT TERRA TVA / CONTREMVIT : ET : SOLI : OBSCVRAVIT : ADORAMVS : TERPE, 56.5mm, 17.22g (cf MI 14/4, obverse; Maz. 3; cf BMC [Jones] 8, obverse; 10 & 11; V de V 3; Trésor 1, 2, rev.; Wilson-Smith, this piece illustrated).

Very fine and excessively rare on the open market

This is one of a group of several varieties of somewhat similar medals, struck by Charles VII of France (1403-1422-1461), following his success in the expulsion of the English from all of France with the exception of the northern port of Calais and the Channel Islands. As medals they follow no precedent and their style eminates from the coinage of the period. As Jones writes, they “must be reckoned among the largest and finest pieces produced by a medieval mint”. Other specimens are recorded, all in Museum collections:- Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, Silver and Gilt-silver; Bronze (2 – these perhaps c. 1830); Musée des Monnaies, Paris, Bronze (c. 1830); Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Silver (ex. R. Falkiner, 1983).

Provenance: Peus Auction, 29 April, 2000 (lot 617); ex. Private Collection, Bremen. It is possible that this is the L’Abbé Barthélemy specimen [Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1716-1795), from 1753 Keeper of the Royal Collection of Medals], Ch. Lorrimer (Rouen) Collection, Raymond Serrure, Paris, Auction, 10 December, 1900; Collection Babut, Etienne Bourgey, Paris, Auction, 5 December, 1927.

Price £10400.00


King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge

Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned bust right, hair long over lace collar, in incuse, CAROLVS SECVNDVS, rev., in incuse, crowned Royal arms within Garter, C – R to either side of crown, 32.5 x 21.5mm (MI 440/9, illus.; pl. XL/14), integral suspension loop.

Very fine.

Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 2001

Price £450.00


Louis XIV, medal, 1666, by J. Mauger

Louis XIV, the alliance of France with Holland, French copper medal, 1666, by J. Mauger, bust right with flowing hair, rev., France as Minerva, holds spear and protective shield over Holland, who stands at altar, RELIGIO FOEDERUM, 41.5mm (MI 514/159; Divo 89).

Extremely fine.

From the series of medals depicting Medallic History of Louis XIV.

Price £125.00


Queen Elizabeth I, counter, by Hans Krauwinkel

126126aElizabeth I, German brass counter, struck in Nürnberg, undated, by Hans Krauwinkel, the Queen on horseback, led by soldier, ELISABETA REG ANG, signed HK below, rev., crowned shield of arms, POSVI DEVM ADITOREM, 26.5mm (MI 184/190).

Fine quality.

Made at the start of the 17th century

Price £80.00


Arthur Daundy, Steward of Gray’s Inn, Silver counter, 1564

4545aArthur Daundy, steward of Gray’s Inn, silver counter, 1564, crest of a dove eating from a pea plant, BEING YOVRS I CEASE TO BE MINE, rev., shield of arms, date above, ARTHVR SHALBE HENRI AND AN, 26.5mm (MI 112/40, illustrated).

Very fine and excessively rare.

The attribution to Arthur Daundy [Dandy or Dandie], as suggested in MI, has never been questioned. Daundy was granted arms in 1560 and this counter is believed to have been struck at the time of his marriage to Magdalen Arundell. The couple were to have four children.

Provenance: Bt. C. Eimer, March, 2004.

Price £1550.00


King Charles I & Henrietta Maria, Silver Royalist Badge 1650

Charles I and Henrietta Maria, small silver Royalist Badge, bare-headed bust of Charles left, with long hair with love lock on left shoulder, wearing falling lace collar, rev., bust of Henrietta Maria, nearly full-face, wearing pearl necklace, 26.5 x 19mm (MI 357/223; Platt I, type B, p. 287).

Very fine and toned, very rare.

Provenance: Bt. R. Falkiner, June 2005.

Price £550.00


John Gidley 1632-1713, surgeon, oval bronze portrait medal, 1682


 John Gidley (1632-c. 1713), surgeon, uniface oval bronze portrait medal, 1682, bust right, mantle around shoulders, JOANNES GIDLEY LOND, AD 1682 E S 50, 71 x 58mm (MI 590/268; Brettauer 401).

Very fine and extremely rare.

John Gidley was born and baptized in Winkleigh, Devon. He finished his education at Exeter College, Oxford, 1653/54 and gained an M.A. in 1660. He was a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Barber-Surgeons’ Company. His brother Bartholomew was a famous Royalist during the Civil War whist some of his descendants emigrated to Newport, Rhode Island.

Provenance: Bt T. Millett, March 2009.

Price £600.00


Elizabeth I, engraved silver counter, + 6 others

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Elizabeth I, an engraved silver counter, in imitation of those by Simon de Passe, facing bust on ruff and arched crown, rev., REGINA, 22mm; others from the same set (4), each with male portrait, revs., armorial shields (2), Tudor rose and coronet; further counters (2), cross / rose and shield / rose, all 22mm, perhaps 18th century.

Very fine and possibly a unique group. (7)

A most unusual and un-explained group or part set.

The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 128

Price £575.00


Princess Matilda & Sophia of Hanover silver medal, 1701 by Samuel Lambelet

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Princess Matilda and the Electress Sophia (1630-1714) and the Protestant succession, silver medal, 1701, by Samuel Lambelet, bust of Princess Matilda [daughter of Henry II] to right, legend in two lines around, MATILDAN FILIA H II R ANGL …, rev., bust of Princess Sophia [granddaughter of James I] to right, legend in two lines around, SOPHIA EX STIRPE …, 65mm (MI 218/542; Brockm 752; Stemper 197).

Large impressive medal, good very fine.

The medal was struck to demonstrate how, following the lack of male heirs by either Queen Mary or Queen Anne, the Protestant line would succeed to the English throne, from the descendants of these two princesses, as indeed happened in 1714.

Price £950.00


King Charles I, Silver Shilling, by Thomas Rawlins

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Charles I, pattern silver Shilling, by Thomas Rawlins, bust of King left with lovelock on shoulder, legend with engraved letters around, + CAROLVS DG MAG BRI FR ET HIB RX, rev., engraved design (or struck in imitation of engraving), crowned shield of arms within Garter, foliate scrolls around, 27.5mm (MI 372/65, illus.; North -; Platt p. 174, type A), integral suspension loop.
Very fine, extremely and rare.

Provenance: Bt. D. Fearon, March, 2009 .

Price £1050.00