- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
The various instruments used to make hammered coins - crucibles, furnaces, pincers, a hammer, a riddle, upper and lower dies and an anvil. (reverse)
Bust of Henri IV, right, laureate and in armour. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 34.000 millimetres
Weight: 15.80 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Jones 1
(a) Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75084 Paris, France, Sér. Roy. 261, struck silver, 34 mm.
The legend is taken from Roman Republican coins.
CH stands for Châlons-sur-Marne.
The medal is thought to have been struck to commemorate the loyalty of Châlons-sur-Marne to Henri IVs cause, on the occasion of his visit to that town in 1591.
This example is not hammer struck and so cannot have been struck at Châlons. It may have been struck at Tours where Philippe I Danfrie set up a mechanical mint in 1591 (see biographical notes) or it may be a later restrike.
The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris has a later restrike (Sér. Roy. 2621) with a different obverse.
1. TN Méd. Fr. I pl. 28 no. 3.
2. G. Vallier: 'Une médaille historique d'Henri IV' RBN 1885, pp. 287-292.
3. Mazerolle II, no. 364.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: The Loyalty of Châlons, 1591
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MF1 (Jones 1) (256) (258)