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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    G3,FD.257

  • Description

    Silver medal.(obverse) William III of Orange, armed and habited as a Roman Emperor, tramples upon the serpent of Discord, and joins hands, over a blazing altar, with Britannia, who wears a triple crown; behind her the armorial shield of Britain, with Scotland in the first quarter, is suspended to an orange-tree, entwined with roses and thistles. In the distance are seen James II, and Father Petre, flying, the latter carrying Prince James (the Elder Pretender), who is playing with a windmill. A rising sun typifies the hopeful state of England.
    (reverse) Boats landing troops near a fortified harbour; fleet in the distance.

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  • Date

    • 1688
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 48 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        CONTRA INFANTEM PERDITIONIS.
      • Inscription Translation

        Against the child of Perdition.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        B . A . F.
      • Inscription Transliteration

        B. Arondeaux fecit.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        EXPEDITIO NAUALIS PRO LIBERTATE ANGLIÆ. MDCLXXXVIII.
      • Inscription Translation

        The naval expedition for the liberty of England, 1688.
      • Inscription Comment

        Exergue.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        DEO VINDICE IUSTITIA COMITE.
      • Inscription Translation

        God our protector, Justice our companion.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1
    Rare.
    This medal commemorates the landing of William of Orange, asserting that his expedition was undertaken for the liberties of England against the Prince of Wales, according to Van Loon, but more probably against the Pope, who was popularly looked upon as Antichrist, called by St. Paul the Son of Perdition. The object of the invitation to William was to defend England from James's attempt to establish Popery, and its attendant, arbitrary power. James was believed to have acted by the advice of Father Petre, his confessor; and the young Prince was reported to be the son of a miller, and he is, therefore, represented with a small mill as a toy.

    See Rapin de Thoyras, Paul, ‘The Metallick History of the Reigns of William III and Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and King George I. [N. Tindal’s edition.], London, 1747, i. 6; Van Loon, Gerard, ‘Histoire Métallique des XVII. Provinces des Pays-Bas’, 5 vol. La Haye, 1732-1837 (fol) [There is also an edition in Dutch, but with different paging], III. 355; Lochner, Johann Hieronymus, ‘Samlung merkwürdiger Medaillen’, 8 vol., Nürnberg, 1737-1744, III. 121.

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  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p639.65 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Landing of William III at Torbay
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1825

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    G3,FD.257

  • Additional IDs

    • H8
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p639.65

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