- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
A tomb, decorated with the arms of Cromwell, surmounted by a helmet, between branches of palm and laurel; the side bears an inscription. Four infant genii are introduced, one points to his titles, a second holds a mirror indicating prudence, and is weeping over his death, typified by a skull. Another represents his success by a laurel wreath, and the unanimity of the kingdom by a bundle of wands bound together. A fourth, in the character of Hercules, symbolizes his power by the club, and the fruit of his labours by three apples, i.e. the three kingdoms. (reverse)
Bust of Oliver Cromwell, left, laureate, hair not long, in scale armour and mantle over shoulders. (obverse)
- Production date
- 1731 (circa)
Diameter: 40.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This medal was struck by J. Dassier, to accompany his medallic series of the Kings of England, but of a smaller size. Cromwell was born 25 April, 1599.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xxxiv. 6; Köhler, Johann David, ‘Historische Münz-Belustigung’, Nürnberg, 1729-1750, VIII. 433; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’, II. Pl. cxii. 1.
- Not on display
- 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: 1865,0324.1606
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (435) (87)