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medal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1837,1030.24

  • Description

    Gold medal.(obverse) Half-length figures of bridegroom and bride facing, their right hands united; his left hand upon a book, his head encircled with roses; hers crowned. Above, celestial rays.
    (reverse) A wreath of roses enclosing an inscription.

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 55 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        + SICUT . SOL . ORIENS . DEI: (sic) SIC . MULIER . BONA. DOMUS . EIUS . ORNAMENTUM.
      • Inscription Translation

        As the rising sun is the ornament of the day, so is a good wife the ornament of her house.
      • Inscription Comment

        comp. Ecclus. xxvi. 21.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        UXOR CASTA EST ROSA SUAUIS.
      • Inscription Translation

        A chaste wife is a sweet rose.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        + IUNGIMUS . OPTATAS . SUB . AMICO . FOEDERE . DEXTRAS.
      • Inscription Translation

        We unite in friendly compact our desired hands.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
    This rare medal owes its place here solely to its having been supposed to commemorate the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, a supposition grounded only upon the introduction of roses into the device and legend. Ducarel has wasted much learning in endeavouring to prove that it was struck by John of Gaunt on his marriage with Constance of Castile. In fact it is one of a series of medallions, of similar style, supposed to have been made by some goldsmiths at Prague towards the close of the 16th century. (See Köhler, VI. 138.) Most of the specimens in this series are cast, but in the Copenhagen cabinet is one of the Empress Leonora, which has evidently been struck and appears to he nearly contemporary.

    See Perry, Francis, ‘A Series of English Medals’, London, 1762, front. Van Mieris, Frans, ‘Histori der Nederlandsche Vorsten’, &c., Gravenhaage, I. 174. Köhler, Johann David, ‘Historische Münz-Belustigung’, Nürnberg, XII. front.

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  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p19.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1837

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1837,1030.24

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p19.1

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