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'Supremacy of the Church' medal, 1545: CM.TR.2073-R

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'Supremacy of the Church' medal, 1545


Ruler: Henry VIII (1509-1547)
Mint: London




After a severe struggle the clergy recognized Henry as their sole Protector, the only and supreme lord of the church and clergy of England, and, as far as allowable by the law of Christ, even its supreme head. This occurred in 1531, but the titles were not fully confirmed by Parliament before 1534, and were not formally proclaimed till 15 January, 1535. This medal was no doubt struck in commemoration of this acknowledgment of his supremacy.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1937) by Trinity College, Cambridge


Production date: AD 1545

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 49 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 46.43 g

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.TR.2073-R
Primary reference Number: 226521
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Created: Monday 25 February 2019 Updated: Monday 29 July 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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