Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731,  Silver,  41 mm
Obv: Bust of Henry V    HENRICUS. V. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: Henry, amid captured arms, is reclining on monument in form of a sarcophagus. Fame is crowning him and sounding his praises. A scull between palm and laurel branches decorates the side. NATUS 1388 CORONAT. 1413 MORT. 1422.
Rare in silver
Ref: M.I. i, 12/6; Eimer 28/16; Eisler I, 257/16a; Thompson 26/14;  Weiss BW063

Henry V (1387-1422), King of England (1413-1422), was the eldest son of Henry, Earl of Derby (later Henry IV) and Mary de Bohun. On his father’s exile in 1398, Richard II took the boy into his own charge, treated him kindly, and knighted him in 1399. As prince, he gained useful military experience during campaigns against Owain Glyn Dwr. On his accession, Henry crushed a Lollard rebellion. He renewed English claims against France in the Hundred Yar’s War and won a decisive victory over Charles VI of France at Agincourt in 1415, making England one of the strongest kingdoms in Europe. Further conquests in Burgundy resulted in the Treaty of Troyes, when Charles VI recognized Henry as his heir. The following month Henry married Catherine of Valois, daughter of Charles VI, King of France. However, he did not live to enjoy his triumph for long, dying of fever in 1422. (Taken, in part, from Thompson and O’Brien)

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