Queen Anne medal marking the end of the War of Spanish Succession


An original example of the silver medal designed by J Croker in 1713 to mark the end of the campaigns of Marlborough and the War of Spanish Succession. This example remains set into the rather battered lid of a contemporary tortoiseshell box and is somewhat more worn on the obverse than the reverse. The medal itself measures approximately 37mm in diameter. The obverse shows the portrait bust of Queen Anne with the usual legend. The reverse shows the queen standing in the form of Britannia with shield and in her right hand an olive branch as the symbol of peace. The background shows labourers working in fields to the right and civil shipping to the left symbolising the return to normal activities after a period of war. In the exergue is the date 1713 in Roman numerals MDCCXIII.

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