Frederick V (1596-1632) of Bohemia, marriage to Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), oval silver medal, 1613, by Christian Maler [Nürnberg], his armoured bust right, mantle around and lace collar, before his face clasped hands hold a heart, FRIDERICVS DG COM PAL …, rev., bust of Elizabeth, three quarters left, hair high, wearing full ruff collar and pearl necklace, ELIZABETHA DG COM PAL R S ELEC INFANS MAGNÆ BRITAN D B, roped border around, 39 x 38mm (MI 202/33; vL II, 89; BDM III, 541).
Very fine, a flan crack within border and close to edge, from 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock, extremely rare.
The clasped hands have not been noted on any other specimens.
Elizabeth Stuart, second child and eldest daughter of James I is is remembered as the Winter Queen on account of Frederick’s short reign as king of Bohemia (26 August, 1619 – 20 November, 1620).
Provenance: Bt. D. Fearon, July 2009; ex R. W. Cochran-Patrick Collection, Sotheby’s auction 8 November, 1949 (lot 28, illus.)
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals ref.156