Historical and Art Medals, Numismatic Books (1 July 2008)

Date of Auction: 1st July 2008

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £700 - £900

Ireland, Duke of Ormonde, 1682, a struck silver medal by G. Bower, armoured and draped bust right, rev. crossed sword, coronet and olive branch, 48mm (MI I, 585/262; E 263). Light spotting in reverse field, otherwise extremely fine and deeply toned, attractive and rare (£700-900)


James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610-88), raised a troop of cuirassers in 1638 and supported the Earl of Strafford, 1640; defeated the Irish rebels, 1642 and 1643; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1644 and 1677-82; royalist commander in Ireland, 1648, concluded peace with the rebels, January 1649; Chancellor of Oxford University, 1669