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CNG 106, Lot: 1151. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

HANOVER. George IV. 1820-1830. Set of Forty-Eight (48) WM Medals. Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles. By Edward Thomason. Struck circa 1820. Each medal measures 47mm in diameter and has for its obverse: · THE ELGIN MEDALS DEDICATED BY PERMISSION TO HIS MAJESTY GEORGE IV, crowned and helmeted coat-of-arms within Collar of the Order of St. George, inscribed HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (the motto of the Order: evil be to he who evil thinks); lion and unicorn as supporters; below, thistle, rose, shamrocks, and leaks (representing Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales) within banner inscribed DIEU ET MON DROIT (the divine right). For its reverse, various sculptural fragments from the Parthenon are depicted, such as: Theseus; Ilyssus; Cupid; Hyperion; Castor, Pollux, Ceres, and Triptolemus; Caryatis; The Fates; The Iris; The Centaur; The Lapitha and Centaur; The Lapitha Pulling the Centaur Over; The Lapitha Subdued by the Centaur; The Centaur Victorious; The Chief Carrying off the Bride; Sacrifice; The God of Day; and Belonging to the Car of Night, among many other unnamed scenes. BHM 1061; Eimer 1140b. EF, varying degrees of toning, oxidation, and luster. Attractively housed within single volume, containing four 12-count trays. Very rare and historically interesting.