Category Archives: Foley Collection

Louis XIIII 1650 Consilio Nil Nisi Briot

1776 1776a2

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
25mm 5grams
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.

Price £10.00

Ref:1776

Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), silver medal, 1678, by George Bower

492 492a
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

Price £395.00

Ref:492

King Charles I, silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins

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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

Price £320.00

Ref:323

King Louis XIV, naval action off Beachy Head 1690, by J. Mauger

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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).

Extremely fine.

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

Price £120.00

Ref:549

Peace of Ryswick Dutch silver medel 1697, by Jan Luder

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The Peace of Ryswick [Rijswijk], small Dutch silver medallet, 1697, by Jan Luder, Charity raises a kneeling mother with child in her arms, rev., military trophies burning on an altar, DER VREEDE TOT RYSWK GESLOOTEN, 20.5mm (MI 174/464; vL IV, 248).
Extremely fine.
These medallets were given to those who participated in a celebratory lottery in the town of Muiden.

Price £90.00

Ref:578

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

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 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

Ref:499

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

Ref:128

Ships burnt in the Medway & Proclamation of Peace, silver medal, 1667, by Pieter van Abeele

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The ships burnt in the Medway and the Proclamation of Peace, silver medal, 1667, by Pieter van Abeele, the burning ships near Chatham, to right a vessel sinks, inscription on a ‘shell’ below. “Jun . 1667 Door Order van haer E. Hoogh Mog onder ‘t’beleyt van d . Heer . R . Mich . A . d . Ruyter L . Ad . generael syn besprongen op de Rivier van Chattam d Coninckx Oorloogh Schepen en die verbrant en gesonken”, rev., Peace seated on trophies, infant genii to either side and stands of shields, “Den 6 Serptembr Ano 1667 is de Vreede …van Groot-Britanien gepublifeert” , 72.5mm (MI 533/182; vL II, 559; MH 584; Pax 266).

 

Very fine and extremely rare.

 

 

Price £3450.00

 

Ref:461

 

King Charles I, Gold Unite, by Abraham Van der Doort Very fine and very rare.

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Charles I, pattern gold Unite, by Abraham Vanderdoort [van der Doort], mm. lis, armoured bust left, long hair falling over lace collar, wearing ribbon of the Garter George, rev., crowned royal arms in garnished oval shield, between crowned C – R, FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNA, 7.49g, 30mm (MI 374/269; Allen vi; Brooker 1239; North 2655; Wilson & Rasmussen 22; cf. Farquhar I, 178; Platt – ).

Very fine and very rare.

For a detailed account see ‘Abraham Vanderdort and the coinage of Charles I’, by Derek Allen from Helen Farquhar’s notes, NC 6, vol.1 (1941), pp. 54-75. This pattern (fig.6) is in the style of the pattern unite with mark of value, mm. plumes (fig.4) and the unique pattern five unites without mark of value, mm. rose (fig.5), better known as the Juxon Medal

Provenance: J.G. Brooker Collection. Ex. “Clarendon” Collection, pt. II, Captain Vivian Hewitt Collection.

Price £9200.00

Ref:335