Copy of a medal depicting Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England and Keeper of the Great Seal. The original medal by an unknown British artist was cast in between 1590 and 1620. This two piece electrotype copy was made circa 1881 by Robert Ready. The original medal (BMC Reg: M.6790) was displayed in the King's Library exhibition of English Medals in 1881. This electrotype made circa 1881 at British Museum by Robert Ready from that piece and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s. The original medal is csast copper. The electrotype is copper plated and toned.

"Sir Thomas More, born 1480, was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal 1529; beheaded 6 July, 1535. The reverse typifies More under the form of a cypress, which has fallen under the stroke of the axe, but whose odour has thus become more fragrant" Grueber, 1881, p.2

Obverse Description

Bust facing right, wearing cap and fur cloak; around, THOMAS MORVS ANGLIÆ CANCEL (Translation: Thomas More, Chancellor of England)

Reverse Description

A cypress tree just felled with the axe stuck into the stump; above, SVAVIVS . OLET. (Translation: It smells more sweetly)

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