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Dangers Averted Medal: CM.245-1989

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Dangers Averted Medal


Ruler: Elizabeth I (1558-1603)




This medal was executed shortly after the destruction of the Armada, and was possibly a naval reward. The bay tree on the reverse represents Elizabeth's strength as it was believed that bay tree's were incapable of injury from lightning.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1989-06-05) by Anonymous


Production date: AD 1589

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter (min) 59 mm Diameter 59 mm Weight 59.27 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Elizabeth, full face, wearing a high crown, necklace with pendants, ruff open in front, erect behind, gown and sleeves puffed in diamond shaped pattern and jewelled. She holds a sceptre and orb.

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: A bay tree, on an island covered in buildings, surrounded by the sea which contains monsters and three ships in the background.

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.245-1989
Primary reference Number: 227370
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Created: Monday 19 August 2019 Updated: Monday 16 September 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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