Attempted Invasion of Scotland
Attempted Invasion of Scotland, silver medal, , 1708, by M Brunner, bust of Anne laureate left, rev. an ass put off eating a thistle by England interposing a rose, INIMICUS ODOR APPETITU FORTIOR (AN UNPLEASANT SMELL IS STRONGER THAN THE APPETITE), GALLI SCOTIAM AGGRESSURI SOLO ANGLORUM ASPECTU FUGANTUR 1708 (THE FRENCH ABOUT TO INVADE SCOTLAND ARE PUT TO FLIGHT AT THE MERE SIGHT OF THE ENGLISH 1708), with lettered edge, 42 mm (MI 321/146; W 21/3). Rubbed on the high points, with a few minor marks, otherwise nearly extremely fine and very rare. £Sold
Woolf notes that it was popularly supposed that the ass which liked thistles was put off by the scent of a rose. The edge inscription suggests that it is as hard to teach a foreigner to invade Britain as to teach an ass to run in a race.
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