Defined as a piece of metal, cast or struck, often coin-shaped, commemorative medallions are issued to honor a notable event or person. William Shakespeare was such a person, and his works are still creating such events. Born to a well-to-do family that came to dire financial straits in his childhood, there is little else known about Shakespeares’ boyhood, as is the case regarding his education.
Based upon his works, which richly employed Roman comedy, ancient history and classical mythology, it appears he received some classical education. His marriage to Ann Hathaway, 8 years his senior, is well known, as well as, the birth of his daughter and twins. There is a period of obscurity until 1594 when Shakespeare joined the company that later became “The King’s Men” under James I. He established and maintained a comfortable living throughout his career, acquired a coat of arms, and purchased “new place” in Stratford.
He shared ownership of the globe theater and the blackfriars, and although never a wealthy man, he was comfortable, and safe from the poverty of his youth.