Scotland, Charles I Coronation Medal
18 June 1633 at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
Charles I, mounted on horse advancing
left, roses, shamrocks and thistles beneath,
date below/ 1633 /;
CAROLVS AVGVSTISS / ET INVICTISS / MAG / BRIT / FRAN / ET / HIB / MONARCHA,
River Thames scene of Coronation;
AT VRBEM / E / SOL ORBEM REDIENS / SIC REX ILLVMIN
A few medallions are what one can only describe as pure works of art, one such is the above Charles I Scottish coronation, and this medallion is magnificent in the detail as a record of the period. This medaalion is unique in that it is struck on a thick flan.
Consider the year is 1633 just several years into the reign of our King Charles I who was James VI of Scotland. I was a young farmer living on the south bank of the Thames. At this time we had few well built structures we could see from where we lived and looked over the Thames. Mainly they were wooden house on the embankment. A few years later London was to burn from a fire starting in a bakery shop. As we tilled the land we could watch the swans in the river and boats rowing up and down the Thames, many times stooping opposite were we were. The steps from the houses went down to the river. In the distance we saw our most famous Church St.Pauls and the steeple of others. The bridge that spanned the Thames was low in the water and built of a wooden structure. The high mastered ships carrying goods of wheat and luxury items would park south of the bridge. In the evenings I would sit on the banks of the Thames fishing, the water was crystal clear as it flowed and I dreamed of being with the flikering candles just over the Thames.
This silver medal was struck in 1633 to commemorate Charles I's very belated Scottish coronation that year. His coronation should have been much earlier, he ascended the British throne in 1625, but delayed the coronation until finally giving in 1633. On his return trip to London his baggage including many crown jewels were lost in the Firth of Forth, just off of Burntisland.
Charles I Death 1649
This medal executed by Thomas Rawlins is to commemerate the fortitude
and consistance of the King. The Salamander was frequently adopted as
an emblem of fortitude and patience under suffering.
Accession of Anne 1702
rev.Heart within branches resting on a pedestal inscribed
ATAVIS REGIBVS on the sides ENTIRELY ENGLISH
by J. Croker
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Anne, GOLD medal, laur. and dr. bust l.,
rev. COMPOSITIS. VENERANTVR. ARMIS
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and shield, beyond, ships and farming scene
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