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British Isles: LOANCM.70-2012

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: Henry VIII (1509-1547) (Issued for)
Maker: Anonymous




A silver medal, cast and chased, by an unknown workman for Henry VIII. The title of Defender of the Faith was conferred on Henry by Leo X, 11 Oct. 1521, by a Bull which is preserved in the British Library (Cott. MS. Vit. B. IV. 105). The title of Lord of Ireland ('DOM·HYB') shows that this piece must have been executed before 1541. The odour of the Rose, the badge of Henry VIII, is here likened to the fragrant smell which proceeded from the plants and cedars of the valleys of Lebanon.

Almost extremely fine

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1997) by The Weiss Family Family of the Late Prof. Roberto Weiss


Production date: circa AD 1524

Components of the work

Object composed of silver Diameter 32.5 mm Diameter 32.7 mm Die Axis 180 degrees Die Axis 45 degrees Weight 29.43 g Weight 29.44 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust, left, in hat and cloak.

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design


  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Tudor rose; legend in four lines above and below.

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: ODOR / EIVS VT LIBANI / DEFENSOR / FIDEI

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Bust of Henry VIII, left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Tudor Rose

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: LOANCM.70-2012
Primary reference Number: 226418
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Created: Monday 11 February 2019 Updated: Thursday 14 December 2023 Last processed: Thursday 14 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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