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1725 - The Order of the Bath Revived

This beautiful silver medal by John Croker commemorates the revival of the Order of the Bath by George I on the 18th May 1725 (MI ii 463/75). The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". Prince William, afterwards the Duke of Cumberland, the second son of George I, known as the other hope, was made the first Knight of the revived Order at the age of 4 years. The Latin legend on the reverse read, "The other hope" and in the exergue, "The Order of the Knights of the Bath revived and its decorations augmented". The diameter is 46 mm and the condition Almost as struck. The medal is rare in this condition.
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