Scott Miller and Anne Bentley forwarded this BBC News article about a recent discovery linking Isaac Newton to a 1702 Queen
Anne's coronation medal. Thanks! -Editor
A student at Oxford University has discovered that a coronation medal was personally designed by Isaac Newton and includes a hidden
Postgraduate student Joseph Hone found a manuscript which revealed the scientist had designed the medal for Queen Anne's coronation
It explained the design as symbolising the dual threats of France and rival Stuart claimants to the throne.
Researching in the National Archives in Kew, Mr Hone found Newton's handwritten account of designing the commemorative medal.
The 50-page document had been overlooked for years, he said, as the clasp holding the pages had rusted over.
The design had previously been thought to have been the work of a court painter, but the manuscript shows that Newton, who was Master of
the Royal Mint at the time, was responsible.
Newton's notes reveal that the depiction of the queen as a Greek goddess striking down a monster was not a random picture of a
national defender, but a specific reference to contemporary political threats to her rule.
In the iconography of this 18th Century propaganda, the creature with two heads represents the joint threat of the French king, Louis
XIV, and the so-called "Old Pretender", James Stuart.
Queen Anne was the daughter of the deposed Catholic monarch, James II, and the old king's son, James Stuart, was living in exile and
claiming that he had a more legitimate right to the throne.
The medal shows Queen Anne facing this threat of a Catholic alliance between France and the exiled Stuarts, headed by her half-brother
Gold versions of the medal were to be given out to "persons of quality", according to the notes, with cheaper silver versions
to be thrown to the crowds.
To read the complete article, see:
Isaac Newton royal medal design discovery
Wayne Homren, Editor
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