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914443. STUART. James II. 1685-1688. AR Medal (61mm, 93.22 g, 12h). The Execution of the Duke of Monmouth and the Earl of Argyll. By R. Arondeaux. Dated 1685.
STUART. James II. 1685-1688. AR Medal (61mm, 93.22 g, 12h). The Execution of the Duke of Monmouth and the Earl of Argyll. By R. Arondeaux. Dated 1685. IACOBVS II D : G · MAG · BRI · FRAN · ET · HIB · REX ·, laureate, draped, and armored bust of James facing, head left; all set upon garnished altar, inscribed 16 85 and upon which rests four scepter, crossed in saltire and surmounted by a rose, lis, thistle, and harp (representing the sovereign powers over England, France, Scotland, and Ireland); before altar, crowned coat-of-arms within Collar of the Order of the Garter, inscribed HONY · SOIT · QV[I] MAL · Y · PENSE · (evil be to him who evil thinks); on banner below, ARAS ET SCEPTRA TUEMUR (we defend our altars and our scepters); in background, two ships and Neptune driving triga of sea horses (representing England’s dominion of the seas) / Justice standing facing upon pedestal inscribed AMBITIO/MALESUADA/RUIT (ill-advised ambition falls) in three lines; her head lowered rightward, she holds a sword in her right hand and a scale in her left, weighing three crowns (representing the kingdoms of England, France, and Scotland) against a sword, torch, and serpent (representing the discord wrought by the uprising); her foot trampling upon another serpent below; to left and right, respectively, altars inscribed IACOBUS/DE/MONT/MOUT and ARCHI/BALD/D’ AR/GYL, and bearing the severed heads of the Duke and Earl; below, their draped headless bodies; in background above, the sun emerging from the clouds, with lightning striking the conquered troops at Sedgemoor; to right, the Tower of London, with pikes surmounted by the heads of the Duke and Earl. MI 615/27; Eimer 281. EF, toned, a few light marks. Highly interesting and allegorical.
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