Lead medal - no reverse.(obverse) Bust of Anne Boleyn, three-quarters, left, pedimental headdress, with large veil at back, cross hanging from necklace, low dress and mantle over shoulders. In the field, initials.
- Made in: British Isles
- (Europe,British Isles)
- Diameter: 38 millimetres
Inscription ContentTHE MOOST HAPPI . ANNO 1534
Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
Probably cast from a carving in wood or hone-stone.
Hawkins states (1885): "Anne Boleyn, daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, married publicly 12 April, 1534, and beheaded 19 May, 1535. This medallion commemorates her coronation, which took place on Whitsun - Monday, 1 June, 1534, and her dress as given on this piece corresponds with contemporary records of the ceremony of that day."
In fact, Anne’s coronation was held on 1 June 1533. The medal may therefore have been devised to celebrate the birth of Anne and Henry’s second child, for records show that Anne was pregnant in 1534, but she either miscarried or gave birth to a still born baby. Anne was in fact married publicly in 1533 and beheaded in 1536.
The most likely interpretation of the letters A R is that they refer to Anne herself as ANNA REGINA (Queen Anne).
Not on display
2015, 16 Mar - 19 Jul, Paris, Musee de Luxembourg, Les Vrais Tudors
2009 9 Apr-3 Aug, London, Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII, 500th Anniversary
2012 27 Apr-9 Sep, London, National Maritime Museum, Royal River
- Commemoration of: Coronation of Anne Boleyn
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- E H leads (11 24)
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Object reference number: CME730
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