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Dominion of the Seas

CNG 109, Lot: 1081. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

HANOVER. George I. 1714-1727. AR Medal (67mm, 102.89 g, 12h). Arrival in England. By J. Croker. Dated 18 September 1714. GEORGIVS · D : G · MAG : BRI · FRA · ET HIB REX · F · D ·, laureate, draped, and armored bust right; ·I·C· below / RECTOR · MARIVM ·, George (as Neptune) approaching the coast of England in sea carriage pulled by four sea horses, heralded by three merfolk and two cherubs; ADVENTVS · REGIS ·/IN · BRITANNIAM ·/18 · SEPTEMB :/1714 · in four lines in exergue. MI 422/6; Eimer 466. Near EF, toned.

Ex California Collection of British Historical Medals (Classical Numismatic Group 85, 15 September 2010), lot 1592.

Considered essential to the British monarchy, the dominion of the seas is depicted on this medal through the portrayal of the newly-anointed king George, an elector of Hanover and the closest protestant relative of Anne, as Neptune and bearing the legend rector marium (lord of the seas).