- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bust of Henry VIII, nearly full face, with bonnet decorated with feathers and jewels, ermine mantle, embroidered vest, and jewel suspended to riband. (obverse)
A square monument; at the side a bas-relief representing Hercules demolishing an altar, on which are the Papal tiara and keys; behind is the fire of faggots; at the foot of the monument is Hymen, desponding, holding one torch still burning, while five extinguished torches lie at his feet. (reverse)
- Production date
- 1731 (circa)
Diameter: 40.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
The fire of faggots on the reverse of the medal represents the execution by Henry VIII of those who refused to acknowledge his supremacy.
Hymen, also depicted on the reverse of the medal, is the god of marriage and the torch he holds which is still burning symbolises the one marriage undissolved at the death of Henry, while the five extinguished torches at his feet typify his previous marriages.
The British Museum also holds a silver version of this medal - registration no. M,CMC.6764.
- On display (G1/fc11)
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (52) (54)