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    Silver medal.(obverse) Bust of Charles XI, right, hair high on the forehead, curled, in armour, and with riband of the Order of the Garter across his breast.
    (reverse) The Garter, in a circle, passing through two crowns and two pairs of C's interlinked; medal suspended from the buckle: within it, the motto.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1669
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 25 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        It binds in concord the two Charles the sons of two Charles.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        CAROLVS . XI . D . G . REX . SVEC.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1
    Struck in Sweden, as one of a series of medals executed by Arvid Karlsteen. The fathers of Charles II, of England, and Charles XI, of Sweden, both bore the name of Charles.

  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p545.201 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Investiture of Charles XI as a Knight of The Garter
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • H175
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p545.201

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