A silver medal commemorating the marriage of King Charles I to the French princess Henrietta Maria in AD 1625. The obverse shows facing portraits of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, under rays from heaven. The inscription reads: CH.MAG.ET.HEN.MA.BRIT.REX.ET.REG (Charles the Great and Henrietta Maria, king and queen of Britain), while the reverse depicts Cupid with flowers and the inscription: FVNDIT.AMOR.LILIA.MIXTA.ROSIS./.1625 (Love pours out lilies mingled with roses). The reverse design references the union of the roses of England and lilies of France and the inscription is a modified quote from Virgil's Aeneid (xii, 68). Reference: Medallic Illustrations vol I, p. 238, no. 1.
This is a superb example, boldly struck with a lovely old cabinet tone.
CULTURE: Stuart England
MONARCH: King Charles I
DATE: 1625 A.D.
SIZE: 23mm diameter
WEIGHT: 2.27 grams
ATTRIBUTION: MI I, 238/1; Eimer: 105Ab
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