101529 | GREAT BRITAIN. "Cromwell" movie promotional bronze Medal.
101529 | GREAT BRITAIN. Cromwell movie promotional bronze Medal. Issued 1969 for the Columbia Pictures presentation (89mm, 268.16 g, 12h).
Modification of the Second Great Seal of England, the Great Seal of the Commonwealth: • COLUMBIA PICTURES • / • AN IRVING ALLEN PRODUCTION 1969 • / 1651 THE GREAT SEALE OF ENGLAND, partial map of the British Isles: Ireland, Wales, and England; garnished English coat-of-arms in the Irish Sea, garnished Irish coat-of-arms in the Celtic Sea; various ships at sea in the lower waters / • STARRING RICHARD HARRIS AND ALEC GUINNESS • / • • CROMWELL • • / 1651 • IN • THE • THIRD • YEARE • OF • FREEDOME • BY • GODS • BLESSING • RESTORED •, view of parliament in session. Edge: Plain.
Gem Mint State. Essentially as issued, though some light scattered spotting is noted. Extremely rare and unusual as a medallic/cinematic crossover item.
Starring Richard Harris in the title role as Oliver Cromwell and Alec Guinness as King Charles I, Cromwell is a 1970 historical drama focused upon the turbulent period of the English Civil War and ensuing brief Commonwealth, of which the former played a key role. Though not the most historically accurate in its portrayal of people and events, the movie did receive much praise for the acting of its two major stars. What does remain rather accurate, however, is this rare medal produced at the time that the movie was released. The obverse and reverse parallel the Great Seal designed by Thomas Simon—used in lieu of the seal for the recently beheaded king. For more information on the original, please navigate to this blog post, "Myths Concerning Republicanism 6: The Material Culture of Republican Rule or the Problem of the King's Head."
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