King Charles I, cast copper medal, 1649

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Charles I, cast copper Memorial medal, 1649, probably of Dutch manufacture, bust of the King right, on stippled background, wearing armour and Garter George on ribbon, CAROLVS REX in field, legend within border, POPVLE MEVS QVID FECI TIBI, 1649, rev., head of a screaming Medusa, two concentric circles divided by flaming sword, thunderbolt and trophies, inner legend, CONCILIABVLVM ANGLIÆ, outer legend, BLASFEMANT DEVM – NECANT REGEM – SPERVNT LEGEM, 57mm (MI 349/208; Eim. 161; Platt I, pp. 254-56; vL II, 321).

A contemporary cast of good quality, nearly extremely fine and very rare.
Recorded in MI and elsewhere only in silver.

Provenance:
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 2014

Price £700.00

Ref:299

Johan van Reede van Renswouden, Baron de Reede 1593-1682

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Johan van Reede van Renswouden, Baron de Reede (1593-1682), Dutch diplomat and politician, silver portrait medal, 1645, by Thomas Simon, capped bust of de Reede left, wearing broad collar and doublet, rev., legend recording de Reede’s appointment and creation as Baron in his 52nd year, 1645 IO DE REEDE … ÆTAT 52, 34mm (MI 320/156; Platt II, p. 257; Humphris 86, this piece)

An old and probably contemporary cast, a flaw leaving a hole behind the truncation of the bust, lightly chased, fine.
A similar, but reversed image is found in an engraving by Wenceslas Hollar, dated 1650.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 2014

Price £520.00

Ref:275

Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland 1577-1635

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Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland (1577-1634/1635), statesman, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord Treasurer, small oval silver medal, unsigned, standing bust with head turned three-quarters left, wearing high ruff collar, buttoned doublet and gown, holding papers in his left hand, rev., blank, faintly inscribed “Sir Rich Weston”, 26.5 x 20mm (MI – ; Platt – ).

Good very fine and extremely rare and perhaps unpublished.

The portrait follows that by Van Dyke, though the head has been turned left rather than right. He is without the Garter George, an honour he received in the last year of his life.

Provenance: Bt. D. Fearon, January, 2007.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 2014

Price £720.00

Ref:233

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

Price £1800.00

Ref:257

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

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

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