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Leicester Quits Belgium Medal: CM.157-1988

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Leicester Quits Belgium Medal


Ruler: Elizabeth I (1558-1603)




The Earl of Leicester was made Governor and Captain-General of Holland, Zealand, and the United Provinces. His conduct however was complained about to the Queen. Leicester subsequently quit the Provinces and distributed medals of this type to his friends.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1988) by Bonnett, B. E.


Production date: AD 1587

Components of the work

Object composed of silver Diameter (min) 47 mm Diameter 47 mm Weight 32.82 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Leicester, three quarters facing left, in hat with feathers and jewels, and armour richly figured.

  • Text: ROBE . CO . LEIC . ET . IN . BELG . GVBER . 1587
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Sheep in flat country, a dog quitting them, beneath which is inscribed in Latin; "I quit unwillingly".

  • Text: NON . GREGEM . SED . INGRATOS. (in exergue) INVITVS DESERO.
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.157-1988
Primary reference Number: 227372
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Created: Monday 19 August 2019 Updated: Monday 16 September 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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