- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
Half-length figure of Philip II, right, in armour, scarf around right arm. (obverse)
Half-length figure of Mary, left, her coif bordered with jewels and veiled behind, gown embroidered and jewelled, brooch and pendant pearl on breast. (reverse)
- Production date
- 1555 (Between 1st January and 21st May)
Diameter: 61.500 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This and similar medals are well executed, cast, generally chased, and in high relief.
The marriage of Philip and Mary was celebrated at Winchester 25 July, 1554, and as Philip had completed his 28th year on the 21st of May, 1555, this medal must have been executed between the 1st of January and the 21st of May, 1555. It is probable that this and other medals bearing similar busts of Mary were executed from an authentic portrait of that Princess, supplied by Philip himself. Jacopo Trezzo of Milan was much employed by him, both in medals and gem-engraving, but there is no reason to believe that he was ever in England.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), v. 1; Perry, Francis, ‘A Series of English Medals’, London, 1762, iii. 2; 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. 4; Heraeus, Carl Gustav, ‘Bildnisse der regierenden Fürsten und berühmter Männer, &c’, Wien, 1780 (fol.), Pl. 22, fig. III.
The British Museum also holds a gilt example of this medal - registration no. M.6830.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Marriage of Mary I of England and Philip II of Spain (25th July 1544)
- 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.6829
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (71) (17)