Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Bronze, 41 mm
Obv: Bust of Caroline    CAROLINA. D. G. MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REG.
Rev: Charity seated with four children alluding to the character of the queen, who is said to have spent a substantial portion of her income on charitable purposes.  DILECTA DEO ET HOMINIBUS (Beloved of God and Man)
Signed: J. DASSIER / I.D.
Ref: M.I. ii, 499/44; Eimer 78/524; Eisler I, 252/2; Thompson 34/33;  Weiss BW081

Caroline of Ansbach (Wilhelmina Caroline) (1683-1737), wife of George II, king of Great Britain and Ireland, was the daughter of John Frederick, margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach. She married George Augustus, electoral prince of Hanover in 1705. In 1714, when her father-in-law became King George I, Caroline came with her husband to London where her popularity and tact helped ease the situation caused by the quarrel between the prince of Wales and his father. On the death of George I in 1727, George and Caroline, his queen, were crowned. Caroline had a significant positive effect on the monarchy. Queen Caroline's influence kept Sir Robert Walpole in power, and her religious tolerance resulted in the appointment of bishops noted more for their learning than for their orthodoxy.