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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    M.2231

  • Description

    Silver medal.(obverse) Bust of Henri IV, right, laureate, in armour and wearing a sash.
    (reverse) Henri and Marie de Medici clasp hands over a flaming altar. He holds a sceptre, she holds a cornucopia and heavenly light shines on them from above.

  • Date

    • 1604
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 56 millimetres
    • Weight: 75.12 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        • MAIESTAS • MAIOR • AB • IGNE •
      • Inscription Translation

        Majesty is increased from the flame.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        • HENRICVS • IIII • D • G • FRANC • ET • NAVAR • REX•
      • Inscription Translation

        Henri IV, by the grace of God, King of the French and of Navarre.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse & reverse
      • Inscription Content

        • 1604 •
      • Inscription Comment

        Exergue.
  • Curator's comments

    Jones 1
    Other examples:
    (a) Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75084 Paris, France, Sér. Roy. 321, struck silver gilt, 55.5 mm.
    (b) Musée Monétaire, Paris, reverse die, no. 1035, 33 mm long, 60 x 60 mm at base, cracked.

    Notes:
    The legends are punctuated with four-pointed stops. The reverse legend refers to the fact that the love (flame) between the royal spouses had provided them with children.

    Bibliography:
    1. 'Inventaire des poinçons et coins', 1697, nos. 93 (puncheon for figure of Henri on reverse with one of his legs broken), 1035 (reverse die).
    2. TN Méd. Fr. II pl. 2 no. 3.
    3. Mazerolle II, 283.

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  • Bibliography

    • Jones 1982 p202.195 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    M.2231

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MF1p202.195
Silver medal.

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