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  • Description

    Bronze medal.(obverse) Bust of Maria Theresa, Queen of Hungary, right, laureate, in rich dress with Medusa's head in front, and ermine mantle fastened with brooch on the shoulder. Oak border.
    (reverse) The Queen, with her son, seated upon a pile of arms on the sea-shore, and attended by Venus, Juno, and Minerva. Neptune approaches, pointing to the British fleet in the distance. Laurel border.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1743
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 82 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        The security of the Queen.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        L. M. W.
      • Inscription Comment

        On a rock.
        Lorenz Maria Weber.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        Maria Theresa of Austria, the august daughter of Charles, the Emperor, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 2
    Extremely rare.
    England having been a party to the Pragmatic Sanction, supported the claim of Maria Theresa to the Austrian dominions upon the death of her father, Charles VI. This medal, therefore, commemorates the assistance afforded to the Queen by England, especially by the operations of the fleet, a part of which blockaded Cadiz, whilst another portion anchored in the Bay of Naples, and forced Don Carlos to conclude a treaty of neutrality with Austria. Neptune, the representative of Britain, approaches the Queen attended by the impersonations of her beauty, dignity, and courage, and assures her of the security of her empire.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 2 p573.210 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB2p573.210

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