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Medals

Among the medals produced to celebrate the Hanoverian dynasty was an elaborate commemoration of George I’s coronation (1) with letters formed of objects representing the kingly virtues. John Croker, Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint, struck medals celebrating the arrival of George I (2, showing the king as Neptune), George II’s coronation medal (3, with the king crowned by Britannia), and Queen Caroline’s coronation medal (4, with HIC AMOR HAEC PATRIA, or ‘this my affection, this my country’). Croker’s medal marking the revival of the Order of the Bath (5) showed William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland as SPES ALTERA: ‘the other hope’ or second heir. A medal of the royal family (6) was distributed in response to an Italian example bearing the two sons of the rival Stuart dynasty.