DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Bronze, 41 mm
Obv: Bust of Edward IV EDOUARD. IV. D.G. ANG. FR. ET.
Rev: On monument, a figure of Fortune between a dismasted ship
and another ship sailing before a gale, in allusion to the vicissitudes of
the king’s career.
Exergue: NAT. 1441. COR. 20. IUN. 1461. MORT. 9. APRIL.
Signed: I.D. F.
Ref: M.I. i, 18/4; Eimer 29/20; Eisler I, 258/18; Thompson 27/16;
Pollard II, 850/904; Weiss BW607
Edward IV (1442-1483), King of England (1461–1470,
1471-1483), was the son of Richard, Duke of York, and Cicely, daughter of
Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmoreland. Edward was a leading participant of the
Yorkist-Lancastrian conflict know as the War of the Roses. He was crowned
King of England in1461 after the defeat of the Lancastrians. However, when
the Earl of Warwick changed sides, Edward was forced into exile, but
returned to defeat Warwick at the Battle of Barnet in 1471, regaining the
crown until his death in 1483. Edward died leaving two sons, "the princes of
the Tower," but the throne was usurped by his brother,
The coronation was on the 29th, not the 20th
of June as stated in the exergue of the medal.