Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


DASSIER, Jean: England, 1731, Bronze, 41 mm
Obv: Bust of Mary I    MARIA. I. D.G. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: Religion (Popery) with Papal tiara and cross seated before a monument; at the sides are a fire for burning heretics, and a column on which is hung a medallion with a portrait of Pope Paul IV surrounded by arms and implements of torture.
Exergue:  NATA. 18 FEBR. 1516. COR. 1. OCTOB. 1553. MORT. 17.NOV 1558.
Ref: M.I. i, , 89/59; Eimer 31/38; Eisler I, 260/24; Thompson 30/22;  Weiss BW613

Mary I (1516-1568), Queen of England (1553-1558), also called Mary Tudor or Bloody Mary, was the daughter of King Henry VIII and the Spanish Princess Catherine of Aragon. She was the first queen to rule England in her own right. She married Philip II of Spain, the son of the emperor Charles V. She was known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants in a vain attempt to restore Roman Catholicism in England.