Category Archives: Foley Collection

Philip II of Spain, Gold Scudo by Giovan Ravaschieri

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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.

Provenance:
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals ref.21

Price £1950.00

Ref:21

Henri II King of France, surrender of Calais, bronze medal, 1558

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Henri II (1519-1547-1559), King of France, the surrender of Calais, cast bronze medal, 1558, laureate and armoured bust of Henri right, the armour with lion-head shoulder plates, wearing the badge of St Michael, HENRICVS II REX CHRISTIANISS, rev., Henri on horseback attended by soldiers and preceded by Victory and Peace, MAIORA SEQVENTVR, in exergue, EXACTIS BRITANNIS ET CALETO GVINIAQ RECEPT, beaded border to both sides and on thin flan, 75mm (MI 88/57; BMC [Jones] – ; van Mieris III, 422; Trésor I, XI, 6).

A high quality early cast with dark brown patina.

Calais surrendered to the French on 10 January, 1558.

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

Price £520.00

Ref:36

Richard Sackville, Earl of Dorset by Simon de Passe

180 180aRichard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset, (1590-1624), oval tin portrait medal, undated, in imitation engraving, by Simon de Passe, bust of Sackville three-quarters left (turning to viewer), wearing lace collar and doublet, the string of which he holds in his left hand, rev., Sackville arms with leopard supporters and crested helm, below in cartouche, TOVSIOVR LOYAL, legend around, CLARISSIMVS D RICHARD SACKVILE BARO BVCKHVRSTIÆ COMES DORCESTRIÆ, 53 x 46.5mm (MI 232/93).

Strictly fine and unusual as a soft-metal cast, pierced and plugged at top, excessively rare.

MI has placed this medal as 1624 but it was almost certainly made somewhat earlier. 1624 was both the year of Sackville’s death and the year that de Passe moved to Denmark. The silver specimen in the BM is listed in MI as “Unique?”. This is the only other specimen in the Falkiner Index.

Provenance: Ex Greta S Heckett Collection, Sotheby’s, 25 May 1977
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £1200.00

Ref:180

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

Ref:28

King Charles II, exile, silver badge, dated 1649

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Charles II, exile, small oval silver badge, 1649, bust three-quarters right, hair long, in armour and with medal on ribband, “Carolus ‘ Secondus”, date “1649” below, rev., shield of Royal arms, crowned and within Garter, stamped in imitation of engraving
18mm x 16mm (MI 438/4; Pl XL, 9).

Edge smoothed and without suspension loop, good very fine and very rare.

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

Price £SOLD

Ref:397

William III, The Act of Toleration, silver medal, 1689

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 William III, The Act of Toleration, cast silver medal, 1689, a mule of two medal reverses, by Philipp Heinrich Müller [Nurnberg], Britannia, attended by Religion and Liberty, takes the hand of William III, TE SERVATORE NON SERVIMVS, rev., two rings and hearts on altar with other emblems of love and marriage, a building façade beyond, DITANT CONCORDES – NUMINA NUPTOS, 45.5mm (obv., MI 683/64; Eim. 314; vL III, 392, 1; rev., Gopp 4075; Kahane 172).
Very fine.

The Act of Toleration gave freedom of religion amongst Protestants, though not Catholics. It seems an odd combination for a medal commemorating this cause to be joined to with a marriage medal.

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

Price £SOLD

Ref:540

Louis XIV, King of France, Silver jeton, 1651

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Louis XIV (1638-1643-1715), King of France, the hostility of England to France, French silver jeton, 1651, unsigned, bust of the young king right, mantle around shoulders, LVD XIIII DG FR ET NAV REX, rev., sun shines on a lily growing in France whilst a cold wind blows from England, MAIOR AB AQVILONE FLORES ET FRONDES, 27.5mm (cf MI 395/21, this with armorial obverse; Feud. 6674, in copper only).

Very fine and rare.

Price £260.00

Ref:365

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

Ref:506

King Louis XIV, 1689 by Henri Roussel

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Louis XIV, James II received by Louis XIV, French cast bronze medal, 1689, by Henri Roussel, laureate but right, LVDOVICVS MAGNVS REX CHRISTIANISSIMVS, rev., legend within wreath of roses and pomegranates, OB REGEM REGINAM ET PRINCIPEM MAGNÆ BRITANNIÆ SERVATOS, 66.5mm (MI 654/12; Woolf 6.3b; vL III, 372)

A cast of good quality, good very fine.

The medal is a cast of a struck silver medal of which MI states, “This is one of the rarest medals of Louis XIV”.
Provenance: Bt. C. Riley, May, 2009.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £460.00

Ref:529

Louis XIV Battle of Dunkirk, French copper medal, 1658, by J. Mauger

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Louis XIV, the Battle of the Dunes or Battle of Dunkirk, French copper medal, 1658, by J. Mauger, youthful bust right with flowing hair, rev., Victory advances over prone bodies, sea and mountains beyond, VICTORIA PACIFERA, in ex., HISPANIS CAESIS AD DUNQUERCAM, 41.5mm (MI 427/70; Divo 48; vL II, 417). Extremely fine.
The French army commanded by General Turenne and assisted by Commonwealth troops, defeated the Spanish who were fighting with English Royalist troops and French Fronde rebels. From the series of medals depicting Medallic History of Louis XIV.

Provenance: Elsen Auction, 12 March, 2005 (lot 2572).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £SOLD

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