Opinions invited for this impressive Charles 1 medal
Just found this in a job lot that i paid very little for... a really heavy chunk of bronze and quite impressive to handle.
have found some good info on the medal itself however struggling to get a bead on a likely value. Anyone got any idea?
Thanks in advance
DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Bronze, 41 mm
Charles I (1600-1649) was the second surviving son of James VI of Scotland (later James I King of England) and Anne of Denmark. He was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625 to 1649. His marriage in 1625 to Henrietta Maria, sister of Louis XIII of France, raised fears of a Catholic succession to the throne among Puritan leaders in Parliament. Many subsequent disagreements with Parliament led to Charles’ insistence on the "divine right of kings", and he adjourned Parliament, ruling without it for the next 11 years. Attempts to impose Anglican liturgy on Scotland led to the Bishops’ Wars. Charles was obliged to recall Parliament to raise revenue for the war, but they refused to grant funds. As a result Parliament was again dissolved. Charles was once more compelled to recall Parliament following further defeats in Scotland. This Parliament insisted on imposing numerous conditions and grievances against the king. Charles refused to relinquish control of the army, and his attempt to arrest five leading opponents in the Commons precipitated the English Civil War. After suffering a succession of defeats by the army led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, Charles surrendered and was taken prisoner. In 1647 Charles reached a secret agreement with the Scots, promising to accept Presbyterianism in return for military support against Parliament. The second phase of the Civil War ended with Scottish defeat. In 1649 Charles was tried for treason and was beheaded as a tyrant and public enemy to his people. The sentence was carried out on a scaffold erected outside the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall.
Hi Tony -- Nice medal. My best guess on value is around $15 to $25 US dollars. I usually try to find auction results that substantiate my estimates, but the best I could do for your medal is to find it in a collection, part of which is shown below, which sold for $350 in a 2017 auction by Dix Noonan Webb ( https://www.dnw.co.uk/ ). There are 11 medals in this collection, which calculates to about $30 each. Usually, fully uncirculated medals of this genre sell in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 each. The $30 figure is probably explained by the stains on several medals in the collection, and the fact that collectors usually prefer to buy individual medals to satisfy specific collection criteria, rather than a lot of 11 of them.
The real problem with your medal, though, is the severe damage. It is pretty well beat to a pulp. Too bad. Even if sold separately, not in a collection, the severe damage would turn off just about all collectors.Reply