- Museum number
Cast gold medal. High relief. (whole)
Half-length figure of Mary, left, her coif bordered with jewels and veiled behind, gown embroidered and jewelled, brooch and pendant pearl on breast. (obverse)
Mary personifying Peace, head irradiated, is seated, right, and partly kneeling on a cube decorated with united hands; scales are lying near. She applies a torch to a pile of arms, in front of a temple, and extends branches of palm and olive over a group of suppliants involved in flood and tempests; above, are rays issuing from clouds; below, water. (reverse)
- Production date
- 1554 (circa)
Diameter: 69 millimetres
Weight: 183.48 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
Not uncommon. This medal is well executed by Trezzo.
It has been supposed by Evelyn and others to refer to the suppression of Wyat's rebellion, and to the encouragement given to the Roman Catholics after the restrictions imposed upon them by Edward VI, and the device of that part of the medal to be suggested by Psalm lxvi. 11, “We went through fire and water, and thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” This is perhaps rather a forced interpretation of what might be partly intended as emblematic of the state of the kingdom as viewed by the Queen's friends. Peace, with the accompaniments of durability, unanimity, and justice, is destroying the arms of the turbulent, and pacifying the fears of the timid. It was probably executed by order of Philip, as a compliment to Mary upon her government of the kingdom.
The cube on which Mary sits on the reverse is symbolic of stability. The scales lying nearby are indicative of justice.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), v. 3; Perry, Francis, ‘A Series of English Medals’, London, 1762, iii. 1; 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], I. 10; Köhler, Johann David, ‘Historische Münz-Belustigung’, Nürnberg, 1729-1750, VII. 1; Luckius, Johannes Jacobus, ‘Sylloge Numismatum elegantiorum, &c.’, Argentinae, 1620 (fol), 165; Evelyn, John, ‘A Discourse of Medals ancient and modern, &c’, London, 1697 (fol.), 90.
- On display (G46/dc6/s2/p1/no10)
- Exhibition history
2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Attwood 80a
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (72) (20)