Category Archives: Irish

Charles II Halfcrown Irish coinage, silver, by George Bower

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Charles II, Pattern Halfcrown for an Irish coinage, silver, undated, by George Bower (?), laureate bust left, CAROLVS A CAROLO, rev., crowned harp within Garter, 34mm (MI 599/285). Strictly fine but extremely rare.
The puncheon for the image is the same as that on the Samuel Morland medal of 1681 (MI 582/258), a piece which MI does not hesitate to attribute to George Bower. That it is not struck “en médaille” (ie with a top common to both sides), does seem to point it to being a pattern coin; however if it is it has no official status.

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

Price £975.00

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Martin Archer Shee 1769-1850

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The Irish-born Shee was primarily a portrait painter. He moved to London in 1788 where, after working as an engraver, he enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools in 1790. He was elected a full academician in 1805 An energetic reformer, Shee published Rhymes on Art, or the Remonstrance of a Painter (1800) which called for national support for the arts.

Artist: Sir Martin Archer Shee

Size 19 x 13 cms

Price £18.00

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