Marriage of Princess Mary and William of Orange
Marriage of Princess Mary and William of Orange, silver medal, 1641, by J. Blum, William and Mary standing facing with hands clasped, with rays above preceding from a dove; above each is a cherub holding a wreath with a view of a palace in the distance, ALBIONUM GENUIT REX ME SUMMUSQUE MONARCHA/ CAROLUS, ET SPONSAM ME JUBET ESSE TUAM (CHARLES KING OF BRITAIN AND MOST MIGHTY MONARCH WAS MY FATHER AND COMMANDS ME TO BE YOUR BRIDE)/ PRINCEPS ME HENRICUS GENUIT FORTISSIMUS HEROS/ NASOUIAE, ET SPONSUM ME JUBET ESSE TUUM (PRINCE HENRY THE MOST VALIANT HERO OF NASSAU WAS MY FATHER AND COMMANDS ME TO BE YOUR BRIDEGROOM), in exergue, EX. LONDINI DESPONSATI WILHELM ET MARIA ANO 1641. 12. MAJ. (WILLIAM AND MARY BETROTHED AT LONDON 12 MAY 1641), rev. William, in the form of Pallas, attended by Victory tramples on Belona and receives an olive branch from Mary in the character of Peace, in exergue NOUI IMPERII AUSPICION BONO, 72 mm (MI 287/100). Edge knocks with some tooling in the fields on the obverse and reverse, otherwise very fine. £Sold
Mary Stuart, the eldest daughter of Charles I, and William of Orange, the only son of Stadholder Frederick Henry, were married in London on 12th May 1641. He was 14 years old and she was 10. These medals were struck in Holland to commemorate the marriage. Their son was to become William III.
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