- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Science, with a star on her forehead, holding a cornucopia, is seated upon a cube, encircled by the serpent of Eternity. (reverse)
Bust of John Selden, three-quarters, left, hair long, in plain falling collar, doublet close buttoned, and cloak over the shoulders. (obverse)
- Production date
- 1750 (circa)
Diameter: 42.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This is not contemporary, having been executed by Dassier about the middle of the eighteenth century. The device of the reverse has not any peculiar reference to Selden more than to any other scientific writer. It was indeed used, and with equal propriety, as a reverse to a medal of Cicero, and to one of Christian Wolf: vide Köhler, Johann David, ‘Historische Münz-Belustigung’, Nürnberg, 1729-1750, XII. 385.
John Selden, the great philologist, antiquary, linguist, and statesman, born 1584, studied for the law and was called to the bar. He was distinguished among the opponents of the government of Charles I, and in 1629 was committed to the Tower. Released in 1634, he advocated opinions more favourable to the Court. He died 30 November 1654.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xxxiv. 5.
- Not on display
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H45
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (419) (58)