Medal cast

Two casts, obverse and reverse, of a commemorative medal. Obverse: Bust of King Charles II in a long wig, large cravat, with drapery over shoulders (right) within a laurel wreath. Legend (outer): 'CAROLUS II. D. G. MAGN : BRITANN : FRANC : ET. HIBERN : REX:' Legend (inner): 'DEUM . PROVIDENTIA . ATQ . MISERICORDIA . VIVO:'. (I live by the providence and the mercy of the gods). 'ANNO . RESERATAE . SALUTIS . 1660 . DIE . 29 . MAII.' (In the year of the restoration of the public weal). Reverse: Three warriors representing England, Scotland and Ireland holding the sceptre, sword and three crowns, standing on the shore (left), Dover Castle in the background, welcoming a three-masted ship (right); a star above; a budding oak tree growing from the deep below and the eye of Providence beaming from above. Legend: 'SI DEUS EST CUSTOS QUIS MEUS HOSTIS ERIT.' (If God is my keeper, who shall be my enemy?). Inscription (on ship's flag): 'IPSO FAVENTE COELO.' (Heaven itself is propitious). On Dover Castle's flag, 'PRAEDESTINATO.' (For the predestined one).

Object Details

ID: SEC1058
Type: Medal cast
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Roettier, John
Events: Charles II landing at Dover, 1660
Date made: 26 May 1660
People: King Charles II
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Wellcome Collection
Measurements: Overall: 6 mm x 58 mm

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