Category Archives: Medals

King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge

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King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned and draped bust left, hair long, rev., crowned Royal arms within Garter, wreath border to both sides, 19.5 x 15.5mm (MI 440/8, var.; pl. XL, 13).
Very fine.
MI records the badge from an example with the CAROLVS SECVNDVS legend.

Provenance: Richard. Falkiner, 2003.

Price £245.00

Ref:400

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

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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

King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge

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Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned bust right, hair long over lace collar, in incuse, CAROLVS SECVNDVS, rev., in incuse, crowned Royal arms within Garter, C – R to either side of crown, 32.5 x 21.5mm (MI 440/9, illus.; pl. XL/14), integral suspension loop.

Very fine.

Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 2001

Price £450.00

Ref:399

Louis XIV, medal, 1666, by J. Mauger

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Louis XIV, the alliance of France with Holland, French copper medal, 1666, by J. Mauger, bust right with flowing hair, rev., France as Minerva, holds spear and protective shield over Holland, who stands at altar, RELIGIO FOEDERUM, 41.5mm (MI 514/159; Divo 89).

Extremely fine.

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

Price £125.00

Ref:453

King Charles I & Henrietta Maria, Silver Royalist Badge 1650

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Charles I and Henrietta Maria, small silver Royalist Badge, bare-headed bust of Charles left, with long hair with love lock on left shoulder, wearing falling lace collar, rev., bust of Henrietta Maria, nearly full-face, wearing pearl necklace, 26.5 x 19mm (MI 357/223; Platt I, type B, p. 287).

Very fine and toned, very rare.

Provenance: Bt. R. Falkiner, June 2005.

Price £550.00

Ref:312

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

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