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16th Century Engraved Medal, Earl Robert Dudley

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885C1532
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1586 c - 1586 c

Maker Information

Engraver:Hendrik Goltzius - View biography for Hendrik Goltzius


This is the only gold medal by the Dutch engraver Heinrich Goltzius that is known to survive. It depicts Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Queen Elizabeth I's great favourite. It was engraved in 1586, when the queen had sent Leicester to command an English army that was helping the Low Countries in their revolt against Spanish rule.

Purchased from John Staunton, William Saunton Collection, 1875.

Further Information

Production Period:16th century
Place of Origin:Low Countries

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Height:62 mm
Width:54 mm