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'Dangers Averted' medal: CM.YG.1401-R

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Current Location: Gallery 3

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'Dangers Averted' medal

Maker(s)

Ruler: Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
Maker: Hilliard, Nicholas

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Description

From the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) notable successes of the Royal Navy were occasionally celebrated by commemorative medals, which gave great scope for images of ships in sail and naval battles. In Elizabeth's own reign, England was twice threatened with a Spanish invasion. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 was marked by the issue of this superb gold medal, attributed to the famous painter and goldsmith Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619). It shows a bay tree (believed to be a protection from storms) on an island representing Britain, with ships in the distance.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1936) by Young, W, MA

Dating

Production date: circa AD 1588

Components of the work

Object composed of gold Diameter (max) 59 mm Diameter (min) 51 mm Weight 100.63 g

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.YG.1401-R
Primary reference Number: 226257
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Created: Monday 21 January 2019 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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