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The 1702 Accession of Queen Anne medal in gold – £12,500 at Bamfords.

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This example above came for sale at Bamfords (21% buyer’s premium) in Derby on June 10 where, estimated at £3000-5000, it took £12,500.

The medal is a relatively early design by John Croker, who was to be chief engraver at the Tower of London from 1705-41. A bust portrait of the monarch appears to the obverse with the reverse depicting a heart, within branches of oak set on a pedestal inscribed Atavis Regievs together with the words Entirely English.

The latter are a reference to Anne’s first speech to Parliament in which, after the period of rule by William of Orange, she proclaimed “I know mine own Heart to be entirely English”.

Examples in copper can be found for under £100 and those in silver priced from £100-500 depending on condition. This gold medal came in a contemporary shagreen case.