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Birth of Prince James 1688: CM.M.214-R

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Birth of Prince James 1688


Ruler: James II (1685-1701)
Engraver: Smeltzing, Jan



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Unknown by Unknown


Production date: AD 1688

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze gilding Diameter (min) 59 mm Diameter 59 mm Weight 59.32 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Truth her head radiate, tramples upon a serpent, and opens the door of a cabinet, inscribed "IAC : FRANC EDUARD : SUPPOSIT : 20 IUNNII 1688." Within the cabinet appears a Jesuit standing on a ladder and supporting through the top a cushion, on which is seated the young Prince holding in one hand a pyx, and with the other placing a crown on his head. A puff of wind is blowing away some feathers from the cushion, and threatens the young Prince. In the distance, the Dutch fleet approaching.

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: The Trojan horse, wearing a saddle-cloth inscribed, "LIBERT . CONs SINE IURAM : ET LEG : P." The girth is inscribed "ASTU". In the distance, a burning city, Troy.

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.M.214-R
Primary reference Number: 227628
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Audit data

Created: Monday 19 August 2019 Updated: Thursday 29 August 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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