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Ref MM5 Marriage of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza
Silver Royalist commemorative pendant from 1662, to celebrate the marriage of King Charles II and Catherine of Braganza in that year. Catherine was born into the House of Braganza, the most senior noble house in Portugal. Charles II, newly restored as King of England following civil war and eleven years of republicanism, was viewed as a most acceptable suitor. The marriage of Charles and Catherine was a source of political stability and legitimacy for both their houses. The attractiveness of Catherine to the English Crown was also due in part to the huge dowry which the Portuguese offered. The obverse of the pendant depicts Charles, crowned, with long hair and the obverse depicts Catherine, crowned, with hair tied back. It measures 3/4 of an inch by 3/4 of an inch and is immaculate.
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