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CNG 109, Lot: 1067. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

STUART. James II. 1685-1688. AR Medal (61mm, 89.00 g, 12h). The Beheadings of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, June-July 1685. Of Dutch manufacture. By R. Arondeaux. Dated 1685. IACOBVS II D • G • MAG • BRI • FRAN • ET • HIB • REX •, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, head left, set on scepters of England, Scotland, Ireland, and France; all set on ornate pedestal decorated with crowned coat-of-arms and base inscribed ARAS ET SCEPTRA TVEMUR; ships and Neptune in sea-chariot in background / Justice, holding sword and scales balance against treason standing on pedestal inscribed AMBITIO/MALESUADA/RUIT; decapitated corpse at her feet on either side; behind to left, severed head of Duke of Monmouth on block inscribed IACOBUS/DE/MONT/MOUT.; behind to right, severed head of Earl of Argyll on block inscribed ARGHI./BALD/D’AR/GYL; in background, soldiers in flight in storm, and fortified city wall with two heads on pikes; radiant sun above. Van Loon III 307; MI 615/27; Eimer 281. EF, toned, minor marks in obverse field.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Jonathan H. Kagan Collection (Triton XVII, 7 January 2014), lot 1530.