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Medal - Oliver Cromwell's victory at Dunbar in 1650

Oliver Cromwell's victory at Dunbar in 1650

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simon, Thomas, born 1618 - died 1665 (medalists)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the late Jas. W. Fleming

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a silver medal made by Thomas Simon in the 17th century in England. This medal has only the obverse which represents the profile bust of Oliver Cromwell.
Thomas Simon (b London, 1618; d London, 1665), and his brother Abraham (b. London, 1617; d ?1692) are among the finest British medallists. They worked together. Abraham made the wax models and Thomas usually chased and then signed the finished work.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), was both revered and loathed in Victorian times. Numerous admirers commissioned portraits, including busts.
The great Puritan general of the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) lived with his family as a gentleman farmer until 1640, when he was elected MP for Cambridge in the Short and Long Parliaments. A fiercely religious idealist who spoke out against oppression, Cromwell and his troops successfully defeated the Royalists in a string of military victories before he emerged as the creator of the New Model Army in 1645. The aftermath of the execution of King Charles I in January 1649 saw Cromwell lead successful campaigns to conquer Ireland and Scotland, as well as managing the crushing defeat of Prince Charles's attempt to recover the Crown at Worcester in 1651, and the launching of victorious wars against the Dutch, Spain, and Tunisian piracy. In 1653 England was established as a Commonwealth with Cromwell designated Lord Protector, a title he retained until his death in 1658.

Place of Origin

England (made)


17th century (made)


Simon, Thomas, born 1618 - died 1665 (medalists)

Materials and Techniques



Length: 2.54 cm, Width: 2.06 cm

Object history note

Given by the late Jas. W. Fleming, F.R.C.S.E., Surgeon-Major 4th R.I.D. Guards.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, commemorating Oliver Cromwell's victory at Dunbar in 1650, by Thomas Simon, English, mid 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1877, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., p. 102




Coins & Medals; Scotland; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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