- Museum number
Gold medal. Edge: cross between two roses. (whole)
Bust of Charles II, right, laureate, hair long, no drapery. Mullet. (obverse)
Britannia seated, left, at the foot of a rock near the seashore, holds her spear and shield, and contemplates her navies sailing on the ocean. Meridian sun. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 56.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
The variety with this obverse is more rare than Medallic Illustrations 1, p535.185 (registration no. G3,E.M.112).
These medals by John Roettier have the great fault of being without date. The dies of the obverse, with very slight alteration, are the same as were made for the naval reward medals (p503.140 (reg. no. M.7547) and p504.141 (reg. no. 1837,1030.11)). They commemorate the extraordinary efforts made by England during the year 1666 to increase her navy, thus enabling her to put to sea after the lapse of a few weeks the best fleet in regard to ships, artillery, and crew till then possessed by this country. The type of the reverse may also refer to the naval engagements of this year, some of which resulted favourably to English arms. These medals were executed early in 1667, and the figure of Britannia is a portrait of Mrs. Stuart, afterwards Duchess of Richmond, who was the fashionable beauty at Court at this time. Pepys, in his Diary, under date 25 February 1667, in speaking of this medal, says: "At my goldsmith's did observe the King's new medall, where in little there is Mrs. Stewart's face as well done as ever I saw anything in my whole life, I think: and a pretty thing it is that he should choose her face to represent Britannia by." (See p541.195 (registration no. M7585).) The legend on the edge was probably a later addition, and may record the Peace of Breda.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xxxi. 1.
- On display (G46/dc11/p4/no6)
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Naval Achievements
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H159
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (535) (186)