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The Supremacy Medal

A very rare medal of Henry VIII

The Supremacy Medal is a very rare English gold medal minted in 1545 by the King Henry VIII. It commemorates his assumption, 10 years earlier, of the Title of Supreme Head of the Church of England.

Also known in silver, it was intended to be given out as a diplomatic gift, stating and promulgating the new and prestigious title of the King. But it might also have been handed over, probably by Henry VIII himself, as an award, to an important and loyal supporter.

Our video presents the characteristics of this medal, like its iconography, its rarity, its historical and numismatic importance, its artistic merit and symbolic power.

A small group of exceptional medals with prestigious provenance

This medal is part of a small group of exceptional medals assembled at the beginning of the 20th Century by the famous art collector, numismatist and benefactress Martine, Comtesse de Béhague, 1870-1939.

It will be offered for sale in our coming Lugdunum auction taking place in later spring 2021.

The consignor has generously decided to donate the proceeds of the sale of this medal to support the reconstruction and restoration of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.

Discover the medal in a video

This video is also available in French and German


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