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JM33231

George II and the Royal Family, 1732.

Regular price £1,350
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George II and the Royal Family, 1732, bronze medal by John Croker and J S Tanner, vis à vis busts of the king and queen, GEORGIVS II REX ET CAROLINA REGINA, in exergue MDCCXXXII, rev. busts of the seven royal children, named below an exergual border, FELICITAS IMPERII, 69mm (Eimer 528; MI ii 500/47). Extremely fine.

The medal, depicting the monarch and seven heirs, was a response to the Stuart Family claim to the throne in their own medal "Prince Charles and Prince Henry: Legitimacy of the Jacobite Succession" [Eimer 521/528 notes, referencing Guthrie: The Medal 55, 2009, 24-34]. It was struck by order of the king himself [MI ii 500/47 notes]. That both these medals were considered effective, reminds us not only of the popularity of medallic art in 18th century Europe, but also of the power of numismatics as propaganda, a concept which can be traced back at least as far as Classical Greece.

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