Category Archives: Foley Collection

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

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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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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

 

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Charles I, gold medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot *STOLEN*

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*THIS MEDAL WAS STOLEN WHILE IN TRANSIT WITH TNT TO THE CARIBBEAN* May 2016
If you are offered this item or see it advertised for sale please contact me or the police*
Listed on the Art Loss Register as stolen

Substantial reward offered for information that leads to its recovery

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.

Price £STOLEN

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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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King Charles II 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: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £1200.00

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King Charles I, cast copper medal, 1649

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Charles I, cast copper Memorial medal, 1649, probably of Dutch manufacture, bust of the King right, on stippled background, wearing armour and Garter George on ribbon, CAROLVS REX in field, legend within border, POPVLE MEVS QVID FECI TIBI, 1649, rev., head of a screaming Medusa, two concentric circles divided by flaming sword, thunderbolt and trophies, inner legend, CONCILIABVLVM ANGLIÆ, outer legend, BLASFEMANT DEVM – NECANT REGEM – SPERVNT LEGEM, 57mm (MI 349/208; Eim. 161; Platt I, pp. 254-56; vL II, 321).

A contemporary cast of good quality, nearly extremely fine and very rare.
Recorded in MI and elsewhere only in silver.

Provenance:
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 2014

Price £700.00

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King Charles I, Dominion of the Sea, cast silver medal

Charles I, the Dominion of the Sea, cast silver medal, undated [1630], by Nicolas Briot, bust of the King right, wearing ruff, cloak ornamented with the royal ciphers CC and CH, Garter George suspended from ribbon, signed behind shoulder N BRIOT, CAROLVS I DG MAG BRITANIÆ FRAN ET HIB REX, rev., ship sailing right, NEC META MIHI QVÆ TERMINVS ORBE, 61mm (MI 256/40; BHM [Jones] 144-46; Eim. 118; vL II 227; MH 25; Farquhar I, 203; Platt, pp. 123-25), small contemporary suspension loop.

Extremely fine, richly toned and rare.
Provenance: Ex Papillon Collection,
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals – Lot 217

Price £6,250.00

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