Edward III Gold Double Leopard, 1344
The double leopard is a very rare coin, as it was only produced for 6 months during 1344 and only three examples survive. England did not have regular gold coinage in this period , with French and Italian gold coins being used instead, the double leopard was an attempt at introducing an English coin. These coins failed due to being made at too high a value and so not being commercially viable as currency. The coin is also interesting because it shows Edward III showing his claim to the throne of France, with many fleur-de-lis in the background behind the throne.
Vanita by Jean Labourdette
The iconography of an eagle holding a ring in its beak as a symbol of kingship is common in Parthian and Sasanian art, but the form of the central disk and the method of inlaying is more characteristic of Parthian jewellery.
(Source: The British Museum)
Piramide papistique, satiric-allegoric representation of the Roman Church hierarchy as the Serpents of Hell. From a Protestant anti-Papist broadside, Holland, late sixteenth century.