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1685 - Duke of Monmouth Beheaded Sold

This rare silver medal by Jan Smeltzing commemorates the beheading of the Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill after his rebellion against James II on the 15th July 1685 (MI I 615/26). The Duke of Monmouth was the illegitimate son of Charles II. He planned a failed attempt to take the throne of England and was captured after the battle of Sedgemoor. The duke claimed the merit of attempting to be the defender of the faith and liberty of England against the encroachment of the Catholic James. The legend on the reverse reads, 'This blood I do pour out to God, the Deliverer'. The diameter is 38 mm and the condition Extremely Fine. This medal has been sold.
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