Category Archives: Medals

Charles I, cast silver medal, 1649, by Thomas Rawlins

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 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.

Price £2200.00

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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 £Reserved

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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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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

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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 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

King Louis XIV, naval action off Beachy Head

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 Louis XIV, naval action off Beachy Head [Bévéziers], silvered-bronze medal, 1690, by Henri Roussel, armoured bust of Louis to right, hair long, rev., Louis enthroned in pavilion gives instructions to Victory who holds palm branch and three arrows, VICTORIA OBSEQVENS, further legend in exergue, 73mm (MI 711/124; MH 109)

Silver, die flaw on reverse, about extremely fine.

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

Price £500.00

Ref:548

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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Baptism of Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal 1633, by Nicolas Briot

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The baptism of Prince James, Duke of York, silver medal, 1633, by Nicolas Briot, crowned arms of the Duke of York in oval, NON SIC MILLE COHORTS, rev., legend within wide floral border, IACOBVS DVX EBOR NAT 15 OCT BAPTIZ 24 NOVE 1633, 29mm (MI 268/65; Eim 126B; BMC [Jones] 161-163; Platt p.140). Extremely fine
The date is given as 15 October in error.

Nicholas Briot (1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.

Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 11 December, 2001
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £300.00

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Alliance between England, France & United Provinces, Dutch Jeton, 1596

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The alliance between England, France and the United Provinces, Dutch copper jeton, 1596, struck in Dordrecht, Belgic Lion to left, with sword and arrows, SC below, rev., hand from clouds holds three linked tassels, RVMPITVR HAVD FACILE MDXCVI, 28mm, (MI 160/141; vL I, 471; Dugn 3398).

Good very fine.

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

Price £300.00

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