- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
The Pope's head and the Devil's joined in one face. (reverse)
Bust of Sir Edmundbury Godfrey, right, hair long, in falling lace collar, doublet buttoned, and mantle over shoulders; two hands strangling him with his cravat. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 37.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This medal by George Bower is of rather smaller dimensions than the others on this subject (see Medallic Illustrations 1, p573.245 – p579.251), the relief higher, and the work coarser. The design of the reverse is copied from medals which were very common at the time of the Reformation, and of which the object was the same, to satirize and ridicule the followers of the Pope. The Popish Plot and the death of Sir Edmundbury Godfrey contributed to excite determined hostility to the Papal power and influence.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xxxv. 3.
see Medallic Illustrations 1, p573.245 for more information about Sir Edmundbury Godfrey's death.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Murder of Godfery
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Bank of England loaned their Collection to the British Museum in 1865 wishing to make it accessible to the general public. This remained as a separate Collection until 1877 when the Bank Directors decided it would be more useful to the museum and the public if incorporated into the national collection. The Bank of England collection was therefore presented to the British Museum in 1877, any duplicates being sold to create a coins and medals purchase fund.
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (578) (250)