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Commemorative Medals

Find out what commemorative medals were and how they were used.

British Civil Wars > Propaganda & Printing > Commemorative Medals

This medal made to commemorate the reign of King Charles I is a piece of political propaganda, not just for a lost king (Charles I) but for the newly restored monarchy (under Charles II).


Study the photographs of both sides of the medal and answer the following questions:

  • How is King Charles I portrayed on this medal?
  • What does the back of the medal show? Who do you think the sheep represent? What idea is the hand in the sky representing?

Around the edge of the medal are some Latin abbreviations:

Charles side: CAROL. D. G. M. B. F. T H REX and GLOR MEM Charles by Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland and of Glorious memory

Crown side: VIRTUT. EX. ME. FORTUNAM. EX. ALIJS Learn Virtue from me but fortune from others.

  • Does the language used on the medal suggest that its creator was biased towards King Charles I? if so, which words suggest this?
  • When do you think that this medal might have been made? Why do you think this?
  • What is it saying about Charles I and the monarchy?

To find out more about this commemorative medal, visit the Consequences section.

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