Henri II King of France, surrender of Calais, bronze medal, 1558

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Henri II (1519-1547-1559), King of France, the surrender of Calais, cast bronze medal, 1558, laureate and armoured bust of Henri right, the armour with lion-head shoulder plates, wearing the badge of St Michael, HENRICVS II REX CHRISTIANISS, rev., Henri on horseback attended by soldiers and preceded by Victory and Peace, MAIORA SEQVENTVR, in exergue, EXACTIS BRITANNIS ET CALETO GVINIAQ RECEPT, beaded border to both sides and on thin flan, 75mm (MI 88/57; BMC [Jones] – ; van Mieris III, 422; Trésor I, XI, 6).

A high quality early cast with dark brown patina.

Calais surrendered to the French on 10 January, 1558.

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

Price £520.00

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Catherine of Braganza, oval silver marriage badge, 1662

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Catherine of Braganza, oval silver marriage badge, 1662, bust of Catherine left, with small coronet, her hair in ringlets, INFANTA DONA CATHERINA, rev., two orange trees with stems entwined, 29.5 x 22mm (MI 486/104, illus.), suspension loop and ring. An unusually good example, very fine.

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

Price £520.00

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Richard Sackville, Earl of Dorset by Simon de Passe

180 180aRichard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset, (1590-1624), oval tin portrait medal, undated, in imitation engraving, by Simon de Passe, bust of Sackville three-quarters left (turning to viewer), wearing lace collar and doublet, the string of which he holds in his left hand, rev., Sackville arms with leopard supporters and crested helm, below in cartouche, TOVSIOVR LOYAL, legend around, CLARISSIMVS D RICHARD SACKVILE BARO BVCKHVRSTIÆ COMES DORCESTRIÆ, 53 x 46.5mm (MI 232/93).

Strictly fine and unusual as a soft-metal cast, pierced and plugged at top, excessively rare.

MI has placed this medal as 1624 but it was almost certainly made somewhat earlier. 1624 was both the year of Sackville’s death and the year that de Passe moved to Denmark. The silver specimen in the BM is listed in MI as “Unique?”. This is the only other specimen in the Falkiner Index.

Provenance: Ex Greta S Heckett Collection, Sotheby’s, 25 May 1977
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £1200.00

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King Philip II of Spain medal, cast bronze, 1555 by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo

2828aPhilip II of Spain and King of England, complimentary medal, cast bronze, 1555, by Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo, half-length bust of Philip II, left, in armour, with badge of the Golden Fleece, mantle around his shoulders, + PHILIPPVS AVSTR CAROLI V CAES F PRINC HISP ET ANGL R, rev., Virtue, as a draped female statue stands in a small pool, on her head a vase overflowing with water from two animal heads, around, a group of figures collect the water and drink it, VIRTVS, in ex, NVNQ DEFICIT, beaded border to both sides, 79.5mm (MI 75/26).
An excellent cast, good very fine with pleasant brown patina, pierced twice above head (by R and I of CAROLI), extremely rare.

The portrait type of Philip derives from another medal, signed by Leone Leoni, whilst the reverse comes from a medal dated to 1550-1552, of Gianello della Torre (1500-1585), the celebrated horologist, engineer and architect from Cremona.

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

Price £5750.00

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William and Mary, Coronation 1689, German silver medal, by Philipp Heinrich Müller

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William and Mary, Coronation 1689, a German silver medal, by Philipp Heinrich Müller, laureate and armoured bust of William right, GVLIELMVS REX … PATRIÆ DECVS ANGLIÆ PRÆSIDIVM, rev., a chronogrammatic legend within a Garter decorated with four shields, GVILIEM PRINCEPS AVRIACVS ANGLIAE…., lettered edge, by Friedrich Kleinert, REGIA CREDE MIHI RES EST SUCCURRERE LAPSIS (FK), 49mm (MI 675/50; vL III, 392, 2).

Very fine, minor knock and two nicks to rim, very rare.

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

Price £740.00

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Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex gilt-silver Military Reward badge, 1642

257257aRobert 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 £1200.00

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William and Mary, cast bronze medal, by Antonio Selvi

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William and Mary, an Italian baroque cast bronze complimentary medal, by Antonio Selvi (1679-1753), armoured bust right, hair long and lace cravat, GVILH III D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX, rev., bust of Mary left, in loose dress and pearl necklace, MARIA D G…, 82.5mm (MI 689/76; MI Plates LXXV, 4; V & T – ). Very fine, pierced.

Selvi produced medals of a number of English sitters and it is believed he may have spent some time in England.

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

Price £475.00

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King Charles II, exile, silver badge, dated 1649

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 Charles II, exile, small oval silver badge, 1649, bust three-quarters right, hair long, in armour and with medal on ribband, “Carolus ‘ Secondus”, date “1649” below, rev., shield of Royal arms, crowned and within Garter, stamped in imitation of engraving
18mm x 16mm (MI 438/4; Pl XL, 9).

Edge smoothed and without suspension loop, good very fine and very rare.

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

Price £485.00

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William III, The Act of Toleration, silver medal, 1689

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 William III, The Act of Toleration, cast silver medal, 1689, a mule of two medal reverses, by Philipp Heinrich Müller [Nurnberg], Britannia, attended by Religion and Liberty, takes the hand of William III, TE SERVATORE NON SERVIMVS, rev., two rings and hearts on altar with other emblems of love and marriage, a building façade beyond, DITANT CONCORDES – NUMINA NUPTOS, 45.5mm (obv., MI 683/64; Eim. 314; vL III, 392, 1; rev., Gopp 4075; Kahane 172).
Very fine.

The Act of Toleration gave freedom of religion amongst Protestants, though not Catholics. It seems an odd combination for a medal commemorating this cause to be joined to with a marriage medal.

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

Price £325.00

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Louis XIV, King of France, Silver jeton, 1651

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Louis XIV (1638-1643-1715), King of France, the hostility of England to France, French silver jeton, 1651, unsigned, bust of the young king right, mantle around shoulders, LVD XIIII DG FR ET NAV REX, rev., sun shines on a lily growing in France whilst a cold wind blows from England, MAIOR AB AQVILONE FLORES ET FRONDES, 27.5mm (cf MI 395/21, this with armorial obverse; Feud. 6674, in copper only).

Very fine and rare.

Price £260.00

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