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Inscription

around circumference: CAROLVS.I.D:G.MAG.BRITANN.FRAN.ET.HIB.REX.; behind bust: BRIOT; on truncation, faintly:1639

Provenance

Made 1639 for Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland [1600-1649], London; believed given January 1649, or possibly earlier, to William Juxon [c. 1582-1663, Bishop of London 1633-1649 and Archbishop of Canterbury 1660-1663], London; gift to his niece, Elizabeth Osborne [d. 1707/1711], possibly on the occasion of her marriage to William Merlott later in 1649;[1] by inheritance to her son, John Merlott [1654-1731];[2] by inheritance to his son, Richard Merlott [1678-1742], London; by inheritance to his brother, Joseph Merlott [d. 1782], Itchingfield, Sussex; by inheritance to his nephew (son of his brother, Abraham Merlott), John Merlott [d. 1784]; by inheritance to his sister, Elizabeth Merlott [d. 1810/1817]; gift during her lifetime to a distant cousin, Charles Merlott Chitty [d. 1815]; by inheritance on his premature death to his father, Charles Chitty [1781-1866, Elizabeth Merlott’s second cousin once-removed]; bequest to his wife, Susannah Elizabeth Jourdan Chitty [1786-1876]; gift 1867 to her son, William Farington Chitty [1822-1891]; bequest to his friend, Percy Sanden Godman [1836-1922];[3] by inheritance to his son, Lt. Col. Edward Shirley Godman OBE [1876-1951];[4] by inheritance to his son, Desmond Frederick Shirley Godman, alumnus of Magdalene College, Cambridge University, England [1927-2011];[5] displayed 1986-2009 on loan from him at Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University;[6] purchased 2010 by (Classical Numismatic Group, LLC, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and London); sold jointly 2010 with (Nomos AG, Zurich) to Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, Barrington, Rhode Island; gift 2019 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1916
Loan Exhibition of Relics of Past and Present Wars, South Lodge, Horsham, 1916, no. 20, repro.
1986
Loan to display with permanent collection, Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, England, 1986-2009.
Bibliography
1898
Godman, Percy S. "Itchingfield." Sussex Archeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of the County 41 (1898): 95-118, pl. 7.
1904
Forrer, Leonard. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists. 8 vols. London, 1904-1930: 1(1904):289-290.
1969
Hawkins, Edward. Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the Death of George II. 2 vols. London, 1969: 1:285, no. 97.
1979
Jones, Mark. The Art of the Medal. London, 1979: 70-71.
2011
England, Jr., Victor. "Charles I Dominion of the Seas Gold Medal." MCA Advisory. The Journal of the Medal Collectors of America 14, no. 7 (October 2011): 7-8.
2012
Lopez, Tony J., and Skyler Liechty. "The Sovereign of the Seas Medal: An important Historical medal worth a closer look." MCA Advisory. The Journal of the Medal Collectors of America 15, no. 2 (March/April 2012): 4-14.
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