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BM01350

The Order of the Bath, 1725.

George I, The Order of the Bath, 1725, Silver Medal by John Croker, laureate bust right, GEORGIVS . D.G . MAG rev. standing figure of Prince William dressed as a Knight of the Bath, SPES ALTERA, in exergue, ORD. EQVIT. BALN. REST. ET. INSIG. AVCT. MDCCXXV., 46mm (Eimer 501; MI ii 463/75). An area of lighter toning in front of the portrait does not detract from this extremely fine medal. In fact it is probably the nicest example of this very rare medal in silver to have been offered for well over a decade.

The last example in silver this cataloguer offered through a fixed price list was over-subscribed five times. Bathing during the ceremony of knighthood may have represented spiritual cleansing, and Knight of the Bath would appear to be a formal title for knights from the middle ages onwards. It was George I who created the Order of the Bath itself though. It is the creation of the order rather than its revival that this medal celebrates.

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