- Museum number
Cast Bronze Medal. Gilt. (whole)
Bust of Philip II facing right, bearded, wearing a cuirass, with a ribbon tied around his right arm. 1555. Beaded border. (obverse)
Bust of Mary I facing left, wearing an elaborate gown, a chemise, a pendant, a cap adorned with jewels, and a veil. Beaded border. (reverse)
- Production date
- 1555 (Between 1st January and 21st May)
Diameter: 68.000 millimetres
Weight: 99.90 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This and similar medals are well executed, cast, generally chased, and in high relief.
The marriage of Philip and Mary was celebrated at Winchester 25 July, 1554, and as Philip had completed his 28th year on the 21st of May, 1555, this medal must have been executed between the 1st of January and the 21st of May, 1555. It is probable that this and other medals bearing similar busts of Mary were executed from an authentic portrait of that Princess, supplied by Philip himself. Jacopo Trezzo of Milan was much employed by him, both in medals and gem-engraving, but there is no reason to believe that he was ever in England.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), v. 1; Perry, Francis, ‘A Series of English Medals’, London, 1762, iii. 2; Van Loon, Gerard, ‘Histoire Métallique des XVII. Provinces des Pays-Bas’, 5 vol. La Haye, 1732-1837 (fol) [There is also an edition in Dutch, but with different paging], I. 4; Heraeus, Carl Gustav, ‘Bildnisse der regierenden Fürsten und berühmter Männer, &c’, Wien, 1780 (fol.), Pl. 22, fig. III.
This British Museum also holds a silver example of this medal - registration no. BNK,E.M.6.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2021 - 2022 27 Apr – 16 Jan, Madrid, Caixa Forum, “Human Image”
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Marriage of Mary I of England and Philip II of Spain (25th July 1544)
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 14
Miscellaneous number: Attwood 88a
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (71) (17)