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.
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
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.
King Charles I, a German hollow silver Memorial medal, 1649, by Hans Reinhardt the younger, signed HR in monogram on reverse, conjoined busts right of Charles and Henrietta Maria, he, in armour slightly turned, hair falling over plain lace collar, wearing Garter George on ribbon, she with pearl necklace, CAROLVS ET MARIA DG MAG BRITAN FRANE ET HIBER Rx ET Ra, rev., a seven headed monster rampant over the head of Charles and the crown and scepter, HEV QVÆNAM HÆC INSANIAVULGI
, 75mm (MI 350/209, illus.; vL -; Eim. 159; BDM VIII, 155-156; Platt p. 259).
A superb medal, nearly extremely fine and extremely rare.
The obverse was first used on the medal for the Anglo-Dutch Fishing Treaty of 1636, with the numerals of the date 16=36 to either side of the busts and with a reverse depicting Justice and Peace embracing (MI 279/ 84).
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.
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Charles I, the return to London, cast gold medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot, king on horseback left, holding sceptre in right hand, Eye of Providence above, plumed helmet on flowery ground below, CAROLVA AVGVSTISS ET INVICTISS MAG BRIT FRAN ET HIB MONARCHA – 1633, rev., a panoramic view of the city of London, with St Paul’s and old London Bridge, SOL ORBEM RADIANS SIC REX ILLVMINAT URBEM, view of the city of London, sun above, a small E to the left of the sun, 42.5mm (MI 266/62; Eim.124; CP.20/4; BMC [Jones] 158a; Platt p. 135, type B, this specimen illustrated).
Very fine, extremely rare.
Whilst the medal commemorates the king’s return to London following his Coronation in Scotland, Charles did not enter the city directly due to an outbreak of the plague.
Elizabeth I, the Dangers Averted, uniface lead or pewter cast impression of the obverse, 1589, by Nicholas Hilliard (c.1547-1619), facing crowned bust in elaborate dress and high ruff collar, holding sceptre and orb, DITIOR IN TOTO NON ALTER CIRCVLVS ORBE, wide raised border, 66 x 62.5mm, believed to be 18th Century (MI 154/130; cf Eim. 62; MH 19; Scher  164;).
Small piercing at top, cast with hollowed reverse, very fine.
Provenance: The Michael Hall Collection, Part I, 2010
Philip II of Spain and Queen Mary, cast and richly gilt-bronze medal, c. 1555, by Jacques Jonghelinck, after Jacopo Nizolla da Trezzo, bust of Mary left in embroidered gown, wearing jewelled cap and with veil falling down back (after the portrait by Antonis Mors), MARIA I REG ANGL FRANC ET HIB Z, rev., bust of Philip right in high collar, wearing order of the Golden Fleece, PHILIP DG HISP REX Z, 35.5mm (MI 72/18; Smolderen p. 421, F8; Arm. I, 242, 5; Att p. 89, fig. 26 for the example in gold in the BM).
A superb and contemporary cast, in high relief and lightly chased, about extremely fine.
Philip II of Spain, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, gold Scudo [Scudo d’oro], undated, by Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, bare head right, monogram behind, legend with English title, PHILIP R ANG FRA NEAP P HIS, rev., crowned and garnished oval shield of arms, HISPANI PRINCEP, 23mm; 3.35g (MI 69/14; Fr. 836a; P & R 1).
A most pleasing example, much as struck, with an excellent portrait, nearly extremely fine and very rare.
Giovan Battista Ravaschieri, Mint-director at Naples (1525-1560). MI lists six coins of Philip II on account of his English title and because some earlier references have them listed as medals.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals ref.21
Charles I, Death and Memorial, cast silver medal, 1649, by Thomas Rawlins, bust left, his hair long and holding a crown of thorns to his chest, CHRISTI TRACTO, legend around in two lines, IANII 30 1648 CAROLVS PRIMVS MORITVR ET VIVIT EST NOBILE VICENDI GENVS PATIENTIA, floral border, rev., in imitation of engraving, a rock buffeted by the winds and waves, IMMOTA TRIVMPHANS, corded border, 26. 5mm (MI 342/191; Platt I, type E, pp. 247- 248; Farquhar p. 270; Farquhar p. 269).
Nearly extremely fine, obverse deeply toned, extremely rare.