- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
A shepherd seated on a mound watches his flock, near to which are two wolves hanging on a gibbet. London with Old St. Paul's in the distance. Above, dove and olive branch. (reverse)
Charles II, as Hercules, reposing on his lion's skin and warding off with his hand the Hydra with seven human heads, over which is a hand from heaven armed with thunder. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 45.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This was struck upon the occasion of the Rye House Plot. The Hydra represents the committee of six, who associated themselves, with different views, for the redress of grievances: Monmouth, Lord William Russell, Hampden, Algernon Sidney, the Earl of Essex, and Lord Howard. To these is added the Devil, as seventh in the confederacy. The two wolves represent Sidney and Russell.
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), xxxii. 2.
- On display (G2/fc163)
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Rye House Plot
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: H230
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (593) (274)