Oval gold medal, in extremely good condition, commemorating the recovery of Queen Elizabeth I from smallpox, English, 1572
This gold medal commemorates Queen Elizabeth I of England’s recovery from smallpox, which she had contracted in October 1562, although the medal dates from 1572. Smallpox was a major killer in the 1500s and could cause blindness and scarring in those who survived. Elizabeth painted her face white to cover up unsightly scars caused by smallpox.
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