STUART (ORANGE). William III & Mary.
|CNG 85, Lot: 1578. Estimate $300.
Sold for $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
1688-1694. AR Medal (35mm, 16.26 g, 12h). Coronation of William III and Mary. By J. Roettier. Dated 1689. GVLIELMVS · ET · MARIA · REX · ET · REGINA ·, laureate and draped jugate busts of William and Mary right / NE TOTVS ABSVMATVR, Jupiter seated among clouds, hurling thunderbolts from upper right to lower left at Phaethon falling from chariot advancing right; INAVGVRAT · II · AP/1689 in two lines in exergue. MI 662/25; Eimer 312. Good VF, toned.
From a California Collection of British Historical Medals.
Supporters of William and Mary viewed the reverse scene as James, unable to manage the reins of government, being displaced for the safety of England. James's supporters, however, regarded Phaethon as a representation of William and Mary, exposing themselves to ruin by assuming the reins of their father's chariot. Others still suggested that the chariot belonged to Tullia, who drove over the remains of her dethroned father.