Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


CROKER, John: England, 1702, Silver, 42 mm
Obv: Bust of Anne    ANNA. D:G: MAG: BR: FRA: ET. HIB. REGINA
Rev: Bust of George     GEO: DAN: PR: M: ADM: ET. DVX. SVP:ANGLIAE (George, Prince of Denmark, High Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of England).
Struck from two obverse dies
Ref: M.I. ii, 233/14; Milford Haven 1919,118; Van Loon IV-346; Eimer 66/392;  Weiss BW329

Anne (1665-1714) was the daughter of the Duke of York (later James II) and Anne Hyde.  She was crowned in Westminster Abbey in 1702.  She married Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708), second son of King Frederick III of Denmark, in 1683.  Anne supported the Church of England and presided over Cabinet meetings, but remained  above the new political parties (Whigs and Tories).  One of the more notable events that occurred during her reign was the creation of  a single  parliament  for England and Scotland by the Act of Union in 1707.

Anne was religious and was noted for homely virtues, but lacked broader interests.  The outstanding achievements in the War of the Spanish Succession were due to the efforts of her Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

This medal commemorates the investiture of Queen Anne's husband, George, Prince of Denmark, with the title of Generalissimo of all her forces by sea and land.  Soon afterwards, he was made Lord High Admiral of England and Ireland.

LINK to the War of Spanish Succession (from Wikipedia)

LINK to Act of Union 1707 (from Wikipedia)