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Henry III: Agreements with Mercenaries

Henricvs III

Probably by Germain Pillon (French, about 1537–1590)

Object Place: Europe, France


Diameter and weight: 45 mm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; struck bronze

Not On View





Circular medal of Henry III (1551-1589), king of France, commemorating agreements made with mercenaries in 1587.

Obverse: Beaded rim. Profile bust of Henry III looking to proper left, wearing a laureate wreath and with a short beard; inscribed at edge “HENRICVS·D·C·FRANCORVM·ET·POL·REX”.

Reverse: Mirror image over horizontal line; above has two groups of people under two large hands, extending from clouds holding fruit that is raining down; below has a group of soldiers marching at proper left and a group of people coming out of a castle at proper right under two large hands extending from clouds shaking; and inscribed at edge “MVLILS HAEC CVNCTIS HAEC”, above “FH”, and below “LR”.


Obverse: Inscribed at edge "HENRICVS·D·G·FRANCORVM·ET·POL·REX" ["Henry by the grace of God King of the French and of Poland"].

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "MVLILS HAEC CVNCTIS HAEC" ["This for many. This for all"], above "FH" ["Henry's good faith"], and below "LR" ["the King's generosity"].


By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Fay