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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver medal; cast and chased, in very high relief.(obverse) Bust of Richard Martin, right, bonneted, in cloak with stiff collar, ruff small.
    (reverse) Bust of Martin's wife Dorcas, left, cap turned back with lace, sleeves striped with fur, cloak lined and faced with fur, ruff small.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1562
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 57 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        RICHARD MARTIN ÆT 28 A⁰ 1562
      • Inscription Comment

        Stops, lozenges.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        STE. H.
      • Inscription Translation

        Steven van Herwijck.
      • Inscription Comment

        On truncation.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        Dorcas Eglestone, wife of Richard Martin, 25 years old.
      • Inscription Comment

        Stops, lozenges.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
    Unique? This medal is of excellent workmanship.
    Hawkins states (1885): “Richard Martin was appointed Warden of the Mint in the second year of Elizabeth; he was also Master of the Mint, in which office, at the latter part of his life, his son was associated with him. He was an active servant of the Queen, and zealous to introduce a general scale of weights and measures throughout the country, and to prevent the deterioration of the coin. In the British Museum is a MS. Tract by him, "A brief note of those things which are to be done by the Warden of the Mint." He was a goldsmith, the maker of Her Majesty's plate and jewellery. In 1562 he became a governor of the Highgate free school, upon its first foundation by Lord Chief Justice Cholmeley. In 1579 he held the Manor of Barnes under the Chapter of St. Paul's. In 1589 he was Lord Mayor of London, a firm supporter of the city's rights, resisting even the Queen's officers in an encroachmeut upon the river near the Tower; his remonstrance to Burleigh is still extant. In the same year he urged upon the Lord Treasurer the settlement of his accounts with the court, upon which it appeared that there was due to him the enormous sum of £30,000. He died at the advanced age of ninety-three years and was buried in the south chancel of Tottenham Church, July 1617, having survived his son Richard about one year.
    His wife Dorcas had been buried in the same place, Sept. 1599, and it is recorded in the parish register that her funeral was celebrated at night, a distinction seldom aimed at excepting by families of more than ordinary rank or opulence.”

    See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), x. 1.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p107.33 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2004-2013, London, National Portrait Gallery, Tudors display (LT Loan)
    2013-14 10 Oct - 5 Jan, London, National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I and her People

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 105
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p107.33


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