Anne, the Battle of Malplaquet 1709, silver medal by John Croker
Obv: bust of Queen Anne left
Rev: The battle scene in a wood, Victory above with two laurel wreaths
Condition: Very fine, struck with a ‘stepped’ edge; Diameter: 47mm
Reference: MI ii 359/197; E 438
Notes: The Battle of Malplaquet was the bloodiest battle of the 18th century. Allied troops were led by the Duke of Marlborough (John Churchill) and although technically an allied victory, allied losses were so great that it was considered a pyrrhic victory, whilst the French army retreated largely intact.
Provenance: ex A H Baldwin & Sons’ ‘vault’