William and Mary Coronation
William and Mary Coronation, silver medal, 1689, by R. Arondeaux, busts of William and Mary facing each other within wreaths on which an open book is surmounted by the cap of Liberty, on either side a cornucopia, of rose and orange supported upon a base consisting of a volume inscribed, over the wreaths are four sceptres symbolizing the four kingdoms with the Eye of Providence looking down from above. LEGES ANGLIAE (THE LAWS OF ENGLAND/ SAL . REG (SAFETY OF THE KINGDOM), FELIC . PUB (PUBLIC HAPPINESS), rev. an uprooted oak lies next to a flourishing orange tree with a fleet in the distance, MELIOREM LAPSA LOCAVAIT (THE FALLEN TREE HAS MADE ROOM FOR A BETTER ONE), 63 mm (MI 668/39; Woolf 10/9). Rubbed on the high points with minor edge knocks, otherwise good very fone and rare. £Sold
The obverse symbolizes Great Britain. William and Mary, the orange and the rose, with the four sceptres representing England, France, Scotland and Ireland, united under one crown and supported by the laws of England and the Bible, thus providing security for the kingdom. The Eye of Providence shows that this is the only source of such stability. On the reverse the fallen oak represents James with William the flourishing orange tree.
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