I have always been interested in the war of the Three Kingdoms (or the Civil War as we always called it at school….), I am undoubtedly a royalist, but in this instance I found myself captivated by Oliver Cromwell. As a numismatist, I found myself especially interested in the Dunbar Medal, issued firstly in the latter part of 1650, and in two types, large and small; http://www.britnumsoc.org/publications/Digital%20BNJ/pdfs/1981_BNJ_51_8.pdf
Well while looking through a dealers list in a London sale I found this beautiful example and managed to secure myself a fantastic piece of history. To hold something that is a tangible link to someone who fought for Cromwell’s “New Model Army”, someone who conceivably could have seen action at Naseby and Marston Moor, and who may have even uttered the battle cry “The Lord of Hosts!”, is to me at least, something almost magical, so often we hear of these battles and actions, signal events of our history, and yet rarely do we ever get to touch something with a physical link to our past.