- Museum number
Oval bronze gilt medal. (whole)
Bust of Frederick, Count Palatine, right, in stiff lace collar, armour, and mantle. (obverse)
Bust of Princess Elizabeth, left, hair decorated with jewels, stiff lace ruff, ear-rings, necklace, richly ornamented dress and mantle. (reverse)
- Production date
Height: 36.000 millimetres
Width: 29.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
Cast and chased. This oval medal was executed to commemorate the marriage of the Elector Frederick with Elizabeth, daughter of James I, 11 Feb. 1612-13. The enormous expenses of this marriage, amounting to nearly £100,000, were the commencement of those disputes between the King and Parliament, which were attended with such disastrous results in the reign of his son Charles I.
This obverse also occurs on another medal of Frederick, of which the type of the reverse is three shields, Bavaria, the Palatinate, and the orb of the Empire, surmounted by the Electoral cap, and within the legend SVPERATA . TELLVS . SIDERA . DONAT. (The earth, being subdued, bestows the heavens.) Floral border. (See Heraeus, Carl Gustav, ‘Bildnisse der regierenden Fürsten und berühmter Männer, &c’, Wien, 1780 (fol.), 44, fig. 23.) A specimen of this medal in lead is in the British Museum (registration no. G3,V.E.27).
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xiii. 3; 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], II. 89; Lochner, Johann Hieronymus, ‘Samlung merkwürdiger Medaillen’, 8 vol., Nürnberg, 1737-1744, IV. 17.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Marriage of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and Elizabeth, Princess of England
- 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
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: M.7026
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (201) (32)