Henry III: Agreements with Mercenaries
Probably by Germain Pillon (French, about 1537–1590)
Object Place: Europe, France
Diameter and weight: 45 mm (1 3/4 in.)
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)
Gift of Henry H. Fay