Collection of Benjamin Weiss
DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Silver, 41 mm
Edward V (1470-1483) was the son of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Upon the death of Edward IV in 1483, the 12-year-old Edward became king and his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was made protector of the realm. The Duke placed Edward and his younger brother, Richard, in the Tower of London, taking the throne for himself as Richard III. The disappearance of the two princes is generally attributed to Richard, although some suspect Henry VII to have been involved in their deaths. In either case, Edward V was King of England for just 77 days. The reverse of this medal depicts the scene of the murder of the two princes.