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Silver medal. (whole)
William, habited as a Roman Emperor, and seated in state, holds the Christian standard surmounted by a naval trophy. Before him stands Minerva, who presents a medal to poets below, near a rostral column. Behind him Fame sounds his praise, having her hand on an inscribed shield. On the ground are the arms which he has taken off. The daïs is inscribed. (reverse)
Busts conjoined, right, of William III and Mary II. He, laureate, hair long, wears armour and mantle fastened with brooch on the shoulder: she is draped. (obverse)
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Diameter: 44.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
These medals, which vary in weight, and are said to have been struck only in gold, were presented by William III to poets, who had distinguished themselves by their poems commemorative of the expedition to Britain. They were distributed in the month of February, during the King's visit to Holland. The specimen in silver in the British Museum is inscribed on the edge with the name of GERRITIE * HARMENS. Chevalier (Chevalier, Nicolas, Historie de Guillaume II., &c., par Médailles, Inscriptions, &c. Amsterdam, 1692, p. 209) figures a medal similar to the above, but larger, and with the positions on both sides reversed.
There is also a gold example in the collection (registration no. G3,E.M.7).
See Rapin de Thoyras, Paul, ‘The Metallick History of the Reigns of William III and Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and King George I. [N. Tindal’s edition.], London, 1747, xi. 7; 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], IV. 40.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Literary Reward
- 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.
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- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (19) (186)