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Charles I: Memorial

English
1649
Artist Heinrich Reitz, the Younger (born in Saxony (worked for English Court))


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

1970.439

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver (hallow cast and chased)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Charles I, king of England, commemorating his death. Pierced at bottom edge.

Obverse: Two overlapping busts looking to proper left; inscribed at edge “CAROLVS ET MARIA D·G·MAG·BRITAN·FRANE·ET HIBER·RX·ET RA [rosette]”.

Reverse: Rampant dragon at proper right attacking with its mouth a mass made up of six distinct animal heads, over a mass below that includes a king’s head; inscribed at edge “HEV QVAENAM HAEC INSANIA VULGI!” and on mass below “HR”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "CAROLVS ET MARIA D·G·MAG·BRITAN·FRANE·ET HIBER·RX·ET RA [rosette]".

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "HEV QVAENAM HAEC INSANIA VULGI!" and on mass below "HR".

Provenance

By 1970, Cyril Humphris, London; 1970, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: September 16, 1970)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour