- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bust of Martin Folkes, right, hair short, cap on head, in loose robe. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 54.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
In February 1740/1 James Anthony Dassier, a nephew of Jean Dassier, Engraver to the Mint at Geneva, published proposals for executing several medals of famous men living in England. The set was to consist of thirteen medals, and the subscription to be four guineas: but if sold singly the price was 7s. 6d. each. The medal of Martin Folkes was the first made. The dies were engraved in London, but the medals were struck abroad, because no engines were allowed for that purpose in this country.
Martin Folkes, scholar and antiquary, born 29 October 1690, was educated at Cambridge. In 1713 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 1741 succeeded Sir Hans Sloane as President of that Society. He was also President of the Society of Antiquaries. He died 28 June, 1754. (See also Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states: p571.206.)
See Snelling, Thomas, ‘Thirty-nine Plates of English Medals’, London, 1766, xxxiii. 6; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’, II. Pl. clxxvii. 5.
- On display (G1/fc11)
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (558) (185)