- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
Busts, facing each other, of Anne, crowned, lovelock on the right shoulder, in gown fastened with brooch in front, and of Charles XII of Sweden, in armour with lion's head on the shoulder, and mantle fastened with brooch on the shoulder. (obverse)
Justice and Religion, seated, joining hands: behind are seen Münsterberg, Wohlau, Breslau, Brieg, and Lignitz (cities of Silesia); above are two hands united by a third, amidst rays issuing from clouds and a triangle with tongues of flames. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 44.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
This medal, by Christian Wermuth, is described in his Catalogue, 1713, No. 22, p. 22.
Charles XII of Sweden was much incensed against the Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph I, and pushed a body of troops into the Empire. His chief ground of complaint was the suppression of numerous Protestant churches in Silesia. The Duke of Marlborough, having heard that an envoy from Louis XIV had arrived at the Swedish camp, and fearing lest Charles XII might be persuaded to support France, visited that monarch at Alt-Eanstadt, penetrated his views, flattered his vanity, and so worked upon him that he withdrew his troops, and from a foe became an ally. By the persuasion of Marlborough, and under the guarantee of Anne, Joseph and Charles entered into a treaty, 1 September 1707, and the free exercise of the Protestant religion was permitted in Silesia. The treaty did not come into operation till the following year, when this medal was struck. The cities mentioned are those in which the suppression of the Protestant worship was most severely felt. The hands are those of Joseph and Charles, united by the guarantee of Anne.
See Rapin de Thoyras, Paul, ‘The Metallick History of the Reigns of William III and Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and King George I. [N. Tindal’s edition.], London, 1747, v. 1; 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], V. 70; Thesaurus Numismatum Modernorum hujus Seculi, &c., Norinbergiæ, 859.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: The Silesian Churches relieved, 1708
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (309) (129)