Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Silver, 41 mm
Obv: Bust of Henry I   HENRICUS. I. D.G. ANGLIAE REX.
Rev: Tomb with a bas relief representing the king investing St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, with his pastoral dignity, while Anselm is paying homage to Henry.
Exergue:  NAT. J070. COR. J100. MORT. J135
Signed:  J. D.
Ref: M.I. i, 2; Thompson 22/03; Eisler I, 253/5a;  Weiss BW540

Henry I or Henry Beauclerc (Good Scholar) (1070-1135) was King of England from 1100 to 1135, having taken the throne after his brother, King William II had been killed in a hunting accident. He was the youngest and ablest son of William I the Conqueror. By his marriage to Matilda, a Scottish princess of the old Anglo-Saxon royal line, he established the foundations for peaceable relations with the Scots. Henry recalled St. Anselm, the scholarly archbishop of Canterbury whom his brother William II had banished. Anselm refused to consecrate bishops whom Henry had invested and declined to do homage to Henry. However, a compromise was eventually reached by which Henry relinquished his right to invest churchmen while Anselm submitted on the question of homage. (Thompson)

LINK to portrait of King Henry I (from National Portrait Gallery)