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Henry IV

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1604 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Danfrie, Philippe the Elder, born 1531 - died 1606 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal depicting the bust of King Henry IV of France and on the reverse King Henry and Marie de' Medicis was made by Philippe Danfrie the Elder, in France in 1604.
Born in Florence, Marie de' Medicis became Queen consort of France, the second wife of King Henry IV of France. She was the daughter of Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Johanna Archduchess of Austria.

Physical description

Obverse: bust portrait of Henry IV facing right. Inscription.
Reverse: Henry IV and Marie de Médicis seated and clasping hands across a flaming altar. He bears a sceptre and she a cornucopia. Inscription.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1604 (dated)


Danfrie, Philippe the Elder, born 1531 - died 1606 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt


Diameter: 5.6 cm

Object history note

Given by the family of P. C. de Guingand, Esq., the gift executed by D. J. Purnell, Esq., London, in 1960.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver gilt, Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medicis, by Philippe Danfrie the Elder, French, 1604

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

Jones, Mark. Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Vol I, London: 1982, p. 205, nos. 195 & 196


Silver; Gold

Subjects depicted

Altar; Sceptre


Coins & Medals; Royalty; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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