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OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDALS OF GREAT BRITAIN The tradition of issuing official medals for the coronations of British kings and queens began in 1603 with the coronation of James I. The earliest medals were intended to be thrown among a crowd (a practice later abandoned due to unseemly scrambles to grab a medal). The practice of throwing medals into a crowd necessitated keeping medals relatively small in size (unofficial medals were typically larger). Since dies tended to break with fair frequency, new dies varying in minor details were created. Several of the examples of the medals listed here represent some of the varieties. Medals were struck in silver and gold and small numbers were struck in base metal for some of the earliest coronations. Base metal imitations of the coronation medals of George I, George II and George III were made for sale to the public. Beginning with the coronation of George IV it became the practice to strike medals in bronze for sale to the public. Starting with the coronation of Edward VII medals were issued in two sizes. There were no official medals issued for the coronation of Elizabeth II. References cited: BHM: BROWN, L.E. British Historical Medals, 1760-1960. Volume 1. The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV. London, 1980 (Reprinted 2007). Volume 2. The Reign of Queen Victoria. London, 1987 (reprinted 2007). Volume 3. The Accession of Edward VII to 1960. London, 1995. Eimer: EIMER, Christopher. British Commemorative Medals and Their Values. London, 2010. MI: HAWKINS, Edward. (Edited by H.A. Grueber & A.W. Franks. Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the Death of George II. London, 1885. Reprinted 1970 ? and 1979, London. 2 volumes. xxxiii, 724 pages, 866 pages, a few line drawings in the text. Plates for Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain. London 1904-1911 in 19 loose folios. Reprinted in a single volume with some explanatory text. Lawrence, Massachsetts, 1980. Wollaston: WOLLASTON, Henry. British Official Medals for Coronations and Jubilees. Nottingham, 1978. UNOFFICIAL CORONATION MEDALS CAN BE FOUND UNDER 'ROYALTY"
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1603, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF JAMES I

1603, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF JAMES I

1603, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF JAMES I. Unsigned (possibly by C. Anthony). Silver 29mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1626, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CHARLES I.

1626, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CHARLES I.

1626, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CHARLES I. By Nicholas Briot. Silver 30mm. $950. RESERVED
$950.00
1633, Scotland. SCOTTISH CORONATION OF CHARLES I.

1633, Scotland. SCOTTISH CORONATION OF CHARLES I.

1633, Scotland. SCOTTISH CORONATION OF CHARLES I. By Nicholas. Briot. Silver 28mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1661, England: OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CHARLES II. In gold.

1661, England: OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CHARLES II. In gold.

1661, England. OFFICIAL MEDAL OF THE ENGLISH CORONATION OF CHARLES II. By Thomas Simon. Gold 29mm. $6,000. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II.

1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II.

1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II. By J. Roettiers. Silver 35mm. $750. RESERVED
$0.00
1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II. MI 7

1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II. MI 7

1685, England, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF MARY OF MODENA, WIFE OF JAMES II. By J. Roettiers. Silver 35mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY.

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY.

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. By John Roettier. Silver 35mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY.

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY.

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. By John Roettier. Silver 35mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. Pewter

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. Pewter

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. By John Roettier. Pewter 35mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1689, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. Variety in bold relief.

1689, OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. Variety in bold relief.

1689, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF WILLIAM AND MARY. By John Roettier. Silver 35mm. $650. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. Bronze

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. Bronze

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. By John Croker. Bronze 35mm.$150. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. Variety with FRA:

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. Variety with FRA:

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. By John Croker. Silver 35mm. $300
$300.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE.

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE.

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. By John Croker. Silver 35mm. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Another die variety

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Another die variety

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. By John Croker. Silver 35mm. $300
$300.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Die variety

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Die variety

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. By John Croker. Silver 35mm.
$300.00
1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Variety with FR:

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. Variety with FR:

1702, England. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF QUEEN ANNE. By John Croker. Silver 35mm.
$450.00
1702 IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE

1702 IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE

1702, England. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF ANNE. Unsigned (After John Croker). AE 25.5mm. $60
$60.00
1714, CORONATION OF GEORGE I. By Nicolaus Seelander.

1714, CORONATION OF GEORGE I. By Nicolaus Seelander.

1714, Great Britain. CORONATION OF GEORGE I. By Nicolaus Seelander. Uniface after-cast 127mm. Sorry SOLD
$0.00
1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I.

1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I.

1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I. By John Croker. Silver 34mm. $300. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I. Variety with stops.

1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I. Variety with stops.

1714, Great Britain. OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF GEORGE I. By John Croker. Silver 34mm. $300. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
1727, CASED PAIR OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDALS OF GEORGE II AND CAROLINE

1727, CASED PAIR OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDALS OF GEORGE II AND CAROLINE

1727, Great Britain. PAIR OF OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDALS GEORGE II AND CAROLINE. In a contemporary shagreen case. By John Croker. Silver 35mm. Eimer 510 & 518, MI II 479/4 & 8, Wollaston 12 & 14.
$1,500.00
1727, CORONATION OF GEORGE II AND CAROLINE.

1727, CORONATION OF GEORGE II AND CAROLINE.

1727, Great Britain. GEORGE II AND CAROLINE. (Mule of the obverse of the official coronation medals). By John Croker. Silver 35mm. Apparently unrecorded.
$750.00
1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE

1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE

1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE. Signed I.G. (after John Croker). AE-gilt 33mm. Apparently unrecorded in MI. $125
$125.00
1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE. 33.5mm

1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE. 33.5mm

1727, Great Britain. IMITATION OF THE OFFICIAL CORONATION MEDAL OF CAROLINE. Unsigned (by Thomas Tibs?) (After John Croker). AE 33.5mm. $60. Sorry, SOLD
$0.00
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