Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
VICTORIES OF ANNE OVER LOUIS XIV
Müller, P. H. (?) : England, 1706, Silver, 43 mm
The object of the medallist was to satirize Louis for assuming the title of MAGNVS, and scoffing him with having been defeated by a woman. If he was "great", Anne was "greater", as she and her armies had proven to be victorious over him. On the reverse, Anne is being compared to Judith who destroyed Holofernes, and to the woman who slew Abimelech. At the same time, from its inscriptions, the medal alludes to the intervention of Divine power.
LINK to painting Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio (from Web Gallery of Art)