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Oliver Cromwell: CM.248-1989

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Oliver Cromwell


Cromwell, Oliver (1653-1658) (Ruler)
Dassier, Jean (Artist)


This medal is part of the Series of English Sovereigns created by artist, Jean Dassier. The subject of this medal is Oliver Cromwell.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1989-07-05) by Anonymous


Production date: CE 1731

Components of the work

Object: composed of bronze Diameter (min) 38 mm Diameter 38 mm Weight 24.52 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Cromwell, facing left, laureate, hair not long, in scale armour and mantle over shoulders.

  • Text: OLIVARIUS CROMWELL. (in exergue) I. DASSIER . F.
  • Location: Obverse
  • Design

Inscription present: A tomb, decorated with the arms of Cromwell, surmounted by a helmet, between branches of palm and laurel ; the side is inscribed. Four infant genii are introduced, one points to his titles, a second holds a mirror indicating prudence, and is weeping over his death, typified by a skull. Another represents his success by a laurel wreath, and the unanimity of the kingdom by a bundle of wands bound together. A fourth, in the character of Hercules, symbolizes his power by the club, and the fruit of his labours by three apples.

  • Text: NAT . 3 . APRIL . 1603 . MORT . 3 . SEPT . 1658
  • Location: Reverse
  • Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.248-1989
Primary reference Number: 227512
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Created: Monday 19 August 2019 Updated: Monday 16 September 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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