- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
Bust of Philippe, duc d'Orléans, right, wearing armour, a sash, the ribbon of an order and a lace cravat. (obverse)
A bomb exploding above a landscape. (reverse)
- Production date
- 1672 (circa)
Diameter: 61.000 millimetres
Weight: 109.70 grammes
Thickness: 4.50 millimetres (at rim)
Thickness: 6.20 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Jones 2
Philippe, duc d'Orléans (1640-1701) accompanied the King on the Flanders Campaign (1667) and that in the Franche Comté (1668) and was named Generalissimo of the army in April 1672 when he accompanied Louis on his campaign against the Dutch.
The legend implies that as the bomb is second only to the thunderbolt in destructive power, so Philippe (whose device the bomb was) was second only to Louis (who as head of the family and so chief of the gods numbered the thunderbolt among his attributes). This suggests that the medal was struck to commemorate his role as commander, under the King, in the Dutch campaign of Spring 1672.
(a) The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, inv. no. 193, bronze, 63 mm.
1. Recueil des médailles c. 1685 p. 24v. Records that Philippe chose this device himself.
2. T.N. Méd. Fr. II pl. 25 no. 3.
3. Musée Monétaire p. 206 no. 505.
4. Mazerolle 'Inventaire de la Monnaie' nos 1241, 1242.
5. Mazerolle Varin I no. 20.
6. La médaille au temps de Louis XIV no. 119.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 4 Jun-15 Nov, London, BM, Gallery 69a, Triumph and Disaster: Medals of the Sun King
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MF2 (Jones 2) (244) (269)