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7 October 2016
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The first English Medal of the Renaissance - Henry VIII
Lot 5
Lot 5

England. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Medal (Silver, 50mm, 56.40 g 1), on Henry VIII’s assumption of the title “Supreme Head of the Church of England”, by Henry Bayse (or Basse), chief engraver of the mint of London, 1545. HENRICVS.OCTA.ANGLIÆ.FRANCI.ET.HIB.REX.FIDEI.DEFENSOR.ET. / IN.TERR.ECCLE.ANGLI.ET.HIBE.SVB.CHRIST.CAPVT.SVPREMVM (=Henry VIII, King of England, France and Ireland, defender of the faith, and under Christ the supreme head on earth of the Church of England and Ireland) Bust of Henry VIII to right, wearing a jeweled cap, an ermine robe and a collar of jewels around his neck; around, inscription in two concentric circles divided by the crowned royal badges of the Rose (above), the Portculis (to right), the Fleur-de-lis (below) and the Harp (to left). Rev. Translations of the obverse Latin inscription into Hebrew, above, and Greek ΕΝΡΙΚΟΣ Ο ΟΓΔΟΟΣ ΤΡΙΣ / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ.ΠΙΣΤΕΩΣ ΠΡΟ= / ΣΤΑΤΗΣ.ΕΝ ΤΗ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ / ΤΗΣ ΑΓΓΛΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΙΒΕΡΝΙ / ΑΣ.ΥΠΟ ΧΡΙΣΤΩ.ΑΚΡΗ / Η ΚΕΦΑΛΗ below Eleven lines of inscription (five in Hebrew and six in Greek); above, H R; at the end of the Hebrew inscription, two rosettes and two fleurs-de-lis; at the end of the Greek inscription, rosette and fleur-de-lis; below, Londini 1545. R. Bishop, “Hebraica Veritas,” Spink’s Magazine, Winter 2009-2010, pp. 18-21 (this medal cited and illustrated). Eimer 26 a (this piece, illustrated on pl. 1). G. F. Hill, “The medal of Henry VIII as Supreme Head of the Church”, NC 1916, pp. 194-195. MI I, pp. 47-48, 44. Very rare. An original striking, nicely toned and most impressive, with a fine portrait of Henry VIII in his later years. Minor marks with some very light smoothing in the obverse fields, otherwise, very fine.

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A very rare Medal of Frederick Henry of Orange-Nassau
Lot 35
Lot 35

Netherlands, United Provinces. Frederick Henry of Orange-Nassau, 1584-1647. Medal, an original cast (Silver, 67mm, 60.61 g 12), on the capture of Pernambuco, by Antonis Pietersz. van der Wilge, 1630. AVREA CONDET SAECVLA (=he has brought the age of gold) Bust of Frederick Henry, bare headed but wearing lace collar and cuirass, facing three-quarters to right within a cartouche, held by, on the left, Mars, in armor, holding Frederick’s arms and with armor at his feet, and Victory, on the right, holding a palm branch; both jointly hold a wreath over Frederick’s head; below, within a horizontal cartouche, S HERTOGENBOS /1629 above view of the city of s’Hertogenbosch; in exergue, .16.A.VD.WILGE.30. Rev. AVSPICIIS ADSIT VICTRIX CONCORDIA (=that harmonius victory be joined to supreme power) Name of Jehovah in clouds above two cherubs with trumpets holding a wreath over the crowned arms of the States-General, supported by Prudentia, on the left, holding a snake, and by Fortitudia, holding a column (their names are inscribed beneath); both hold wreaths attached to four cartouches bearing the views of four of Frederick Henry’s victories: from left, GROL / 1627, SILVERVLOT / 1628, FERNAMBVCO / 1630, and WESEL / 1629; in exergue, CVM PREVIL. Van Loon II, p. 190, i var. (the illustration lacks some reverse details). Very rare. An attractive and impressive medal. Fields polished long ago, and now bright, otherwise, extremely fine.

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A very rare and beautifully toned Medal of Gustavus II Adolphus
Lot 36
Lot 36

SWEDEN. Gustavus II Adolphus, 1611–1632. Medal in the weight of 5 1/2 Thalers (Silver, 78 mm, 159.34 g, 12 h), minted by order of the Swedish government to commemorate the return of the King’s body to Stockholm, by Sebastian Dadler in Danzig (Gdansk), 1634. GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS MAGNUS DEI GRATIA SUECOR:GOTHOR:ET VANDALOR:REX AUGUSTUS At the center, the armored and crowned body of Gustavus Adophus lying in state at the battlefield of Lützen; behind, scene of the battle with the victorious Swedes driving the enemy before them to left, and with an angel accompanying them, bearing a sword with VEL MORTUUM FUGIUNT (=even they flee death); above, Hebrew name of Jehovah in a halo of rays and many angels in clouds; at the center, two angels carry the soul of the king to heaven, EUGE SERVE FIDELIS (=well done faithful servant). In the exergue, NATUS 9 DEC:ANNO 1594 / GLORIOSE MORTUUS 6 / NOU:ANO 1632. Rev. DUX GLORIOS PRINC PIUS HEROS INVICT VICTOR INCOMPARAB TRUMPH FELIX & GERM LIBERATOR A 1634 (=Glorious leader, pious prince, invincible hero, incomparable victor, happily triumphant and liberator of Germany. In the year 1634) Gustavus, wearing armor and holding a Bible and a sword, riding in a chariot drawn by three winged horses over the Hydra of Discord; to left, Faith, holding a Bible topped by a flaming heart and, to right, Courage, holding a column, both crowning the king with a laurel wreath; on the chariot wheel, signature SD; above, ET VITA ET MORTE / TRIUMPHO (=I triumph in both life and death). Hildebrand I, p. 192, 188. Maué 35. Wiecek 89. Very rare. A beautifully toned and beautifully preserved example of heavy weight. A few very minor marks, otherwise. Virtually as struck.

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A rare and beautifully toned Medal on the capture of Breda
Lot 37
Lot 37

NETHERLANDS, United Provinces. Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange-Nassau, 1625-1647. Medal (Silver, 69 mm, 94.93 g, 12 h), on the capture of Breda from the Spanish in 1637, by Jan Looff in Middelburg, 1637. (Tower)ANTE FAME AUT ASTU VI MODO FACTA VIA EST (=before by famine or guile, now by force of arms) Name of Jehovah in Hebrew, within frame of stars, clouds and rays, over the armored arm of Frederik Hendrik with upraised sword; below, view of the city of Breda; on the left, a canal boat filled with peat entering the walls of the city (a reference to the stratagem Maurice of Orange used to capture the city from the Spaniards in 1590); on the right, the personification of Breda, a crowned woman, being choked by the haggard personification of famine (a reference to the way Spinola starved the city into surrender in the siege of 1624/5); in the field to left, the artist’s signature: CVM PRIVIL. / I.Looff / FE. Rev. Rich ivy wreath with the crowned arms of the United Provinces surrounding tablet bearing an inscription in fourteen lines: D.O.M.S. / Bredam / primo Belgar. in Tyrann. Regem / foedere nobilem; mox Mauritianae / navis faelici. insidius nobiliorem; / dein famelica March Spin obsidione /nobilissimam; tandem ausp. Poten- / tiss. Concord Belgii Patrium, omnes / bellandi gradus transcendens, / aperto Marte, gladiata Fr. Hernrici / Celsiss. Auria Pr destera Faederatae / Patria, Familiaeque suae restituit; / X. Octob. An. M.DC.XXXVII: / S.P.Q.F.B. (=Breda, by the grace of God already famous in the league against a tyrannical king, even more so by Maurice’s clever trick with the boat, and by the way Spinola used famine to capture it, has now fallen by force of arms, under the auspices of the powerful and united fathers of the Netherlands, and the strong arm of Prince Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange - through his military skill the city has been returned to her country and to his family. 10 October 1637). Van Loon II, pp. 232-234, ii. Rare. Beautifully toned and very attractive. Some very minor marks, otherwise. Good extremely fine.

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A rare and well-struck Medal on the destruction of the Spanish fleet
Lot 38
Lot 38

NETHERLANDS, The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 63 mm, 91.26 g, 12 h), on the destruction of the Spanish fleet by the Dutch off Dover, by Jan van Looff in Middelburg, 1639. Scene of a massive sea battle; in the far background, castle on cliffs. Rev. Æternitati S. / Ob Hisp. classē. navib. / 67 spectatis belli ducib’. naucl. / milit. 25m ōniq’ apparatu instructiss. / illustr. Pr.Hen. Fred. ausp. a Martino / Trompio Hollandiæ maris p.fect. 16 / Sept. 1639 navib.tantū. 17 aggressam, / & seq. die circ. noct. iterum oppugnatā / alteroq’ die 11 navib. auctô, dissipatam / ac sub Angl. littor. castella cedere / coactā, ibiq’ per mensē obsessam, / tantemq’ à Reg. decedere iussā / 21 Octb. magnâ virt. deletā / Ordd. Fœd. Belg. F.F. / I. Looff, f. (=Consecrated to Eternity. The Confederate States of Holland have struck [this medal] because the Spanish fleet of 67 ships, furnished with remarable generals, pilots, 25,000 soldiers, and all munitions, was, under the auspices of Prince Hendrik Frederik, attacked by Martin Tromp, Admiral of Holland, on 16 September 1639, with only 17 ships, and on the following day around dusk again attacked, and on the third day his force being increased by 11 ships, put to flight and obliged to take refuge under the castles of England; there after being blockaded for a month, and at length ordered by the King to depart on 21 October, was destroyed with great valor.) All within a wreath of flowers. Eimer 135. MI I, p. 284, 95. Van Loon II. pp. 245-246, i. Rare, and elegant; a very well-struck and very attractively toned piece. Good extremely fine.

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A very rare Wedding Medal from Amsterdam
Lot 39
Lot 39

Netherlands, North Holland - The Dutch Republic. Amsterdam. Circa 1640. Wedding Medal (Silver, parcel-gilt, 67mm, 42.17 g 12), finely cast in imitation of engraving, with a broad raised rim. Settet mij gelijek enen segel op uwe herte ende gelijck eenen segel op uwen arme: want de liefde is sterck gelijck de doot ende yuer is vast gelijck de helle. Cantica 8 6 (=Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell. Canticle [Song of Solomon] 8.6) Scene of the Spiritual Marriage: Christ, treading on Death and holding a long cross in his lefthand, clasping hands with Faith, holding a chalice in her left hand and crowned by an angel; to left, Charity and Hope; above, Hebrew name of Jehovah in rays; to right, a group of biblical characters, including Moses holding the Tablets of the Law; around, a decorative band inlaid in niello. Rev. *huijs ende goet erven de ouders, maer een vernuflich wijf comt van den heere. pro 19 Een vrint comt totten anderen in der noot, maer de man ende wijf veel meer. ecl 5 (=House and riches are inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19 / A friend and companion never meet amiss; but above both is a wife with her husband. Ecclesiasticus 40.23) Within a large church, a young couple clasp hands in marriage before an elderly priest; behind, various onlookers; below, blank cartouche; around, a decorative band inlaid in niello. Frederiks 163 (this piece). Metropolitan Museum of Art 60.24. A very attractive and very rare medal. Nearly extremely fine.

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Lot 41
Lot 41

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Amsterdam. Medal, cast (Silver, gilt, 66mm, 50.89 g 12), on the death of Simon Episcopius (1583-1643) in Amsterdam on 4 April 1643, 1643. DE HELDERE SVYVERE NAACKTE WAARHEIT. EN GHVLDE VRYHEYT (=the striking, pure and naked truth, and the precious liberty...) On the left, Virtue, nude, standing facing, her right foot on a globe, holding the sun in her right hand and an open book and palm branch with her left; on the right, Liberty, standing facing, holding a lance topped by a liberty cap. Rev. KRACHTICH’V.DEDICHT’MET.LEER.EN.LEV.DOOR.M.SIM.EPIS.EERTYTS. PROF.DER.H.THEOL.TOT.LEYD’ (=were strongly defended by the teaching and conduct of M. Simon Episcopius, once professor of holy theology at Leiden) Engraved in twelve lines: DESEN PENNINGH / DOOR DE ERFGENAMEN / VAN WYLEN. Mr SIMON / EPISCOPIVS. VEREERT TOT / GEDACHTENIS AEN DIE GENEN / DIE SYN E. IN SYN SIECKTE BE / DIENT EN NAE SYN OVERLYDEN / GEDRAGEN HEBBEN IS SOETELYCK / IN DEN Hr ONTSLAPEN DEN 4.EN / APRIL 1643 SMORGENS / ONTRENT 10 UREN TOT / AMSTERDAM. (=the heirs of Mr Simon Episcopius have presented this medal as a memento to those who assisted His Reverence during his illness, and who bore him after his death. He went to sleep tranquilly with God on 4 April 1643, at around 10 in the morning in Amsterdam). Bemolt 56. Hofstee 32. KPK 677. Van Loon II, pp. 261-262. A lovely original cast, with the original gilding. As usual, the fields were polished prior to the contemporary gilding, otherwise, extremely fine.

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A beautiful Medal on the capture of the Sas of Ghent together with a hand drawn plan
Lot 42
Lot 42

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Stadtholder, 1625-1647. Medal (Silver, 60mm, 63.09 g 12), on Frederik Hendrik’s capture of the Sas of Ghent; with an original contemporary hand drawn plan of the Sas (sheet of paper 300x226 mm, plan 170x240 mm), by J. Looff, 1644. Panoramic view of the fortress and the area around it Rev. : *CONCORDIA*RES*PARVAE*CRESCUNT*DISCORDIA*MAXIMÆ* DILABUNTUR* (=concord reinforces weak states, while discord ruins the more powerful) In twelve lines: A°.Flandriæ / Hiſpanicæ fatali, cum / Grevelinga à Gallis terrâ / Mari verò claſſ nav. à fed. Belg. / Ordd. clauderentur; illut. Princ. / Henri-Fred. Xxvii Iul M.DC.XLIV / foſſā Gandenf. noctu ſuis.nando / ptergreſſ.Flandriæ. fortiſſ. / caſtrū (q’tSas dr) intravi hebd / Hiſpanis oia fruſtra / Obnitentib’cepit. / I.L.f (=in that fatal year for Spanish Flanders, when Gravelines was being tightly besieged by the French on land and the Dutch fleet by sea, the illustrious Prince Frederik Hendrik, having his troops swim across the Ghent canal on the night of 27 July 1644, took, in just six weeks, the greatest strongpoint in Flanders, known as the Sas, despite all the best efforts of the Spanish. Made by J. Looff). Van Loon II, pp. 270-271. A bright, lightly toned, very well-struck example. Sold with a very rare contemporary map of the Sas. Very minor marks on the medal, otherwise, extremely fine.

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Lot 46
Lot 46

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Engagement Medal (Silver, 72mm, 49.97 g 1), cast with an engraved inscription on the reverse, by an unknown artist, in the style of Hans Jamnitzer, and sometimes attributed to Paulus van Vianen, c. 1650. Scene of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac: on the right, Isaac, bound, kneeling to right on a pile of wood with a vessel filled with burning incense to right; behind him, Abraham standing facing, turned slightly to left, holding Isaac’s head with his left hand and a saber in his upraised right, and tuning his head upwards towards an angel, in clouds, motioning Abraham to desist; around, wooded area with trees and bushes, and with, to right, a ram caught in a thicket and, to left, a donkey between two boys. Rev. KATRINA.IS.MŸN / NAEM.EN.TIETEL.IS.WEL= / VAEREN.DIET.GEF.ICK.V.MŸN / LIEF.OP.DAT.WŸ.T.SAMEN.PARE= / EN.T.SAMEN.WOORDEN.EEN.DOOR / GOODES.SEGEN.VOOL.DIT.GVNT / ONS.GODT.DE.HEER.MŸN.LIEF.HEN= / DERICKVS.KROOL.GEHORSAEMT= / DAN.V.GODT.ALS.ABRAHAM.HE= / EFT.GEDAEN.SOOSVLT.GŸ / DEBELOOFTE.VANDEN / HEER.ONT.FAEN= (=Katrina is my first name, Welvaeren is my last, which I will give up for love so that we can live together with God’s blessing, for all of this granted by God I will obey my love Hendrick Krool, then like Abraham, you will receive what the Lord has promised). Bemolt 81 (this piece). Cf. Weber 278 (the prototype of the obverse, by Jamnitzer or an artist in his circle) and 279 (a Dutch version, ascribed to Paulus van Vianen). Unique. Has been holed and very carefully plugged, otherwise, about extremely fine.

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A wonderful Medal on the building of the Haarlem-Leiden Canal
Lot 58
Lot 58

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 62mm, 78.46 g 12), on the building of the Haarlem–Leiden Canal, Amsterdam, by P. van Abeele junior, 1659. VICIT VIM VIRTVS / + Ao 1656 . 26 . 7br . IS DE TRECKVAART VAN HAERLEM OP LEIDEN BEGONNEN . 1657 . Po . 9br . D . EERSTE SCHVIT GEVAREN (=Valor wins over force. The canal from Haarlem to Leiden was begun on 26 September 1656, and the first boat was able to travel on 1 November 1657) Canal boat drawn to right by a horseman; behind, view of Haarlem; below, oval shield bearing the arms of Haarlem with two lion supporters and with banners and weaponry around. Rev. In eleven lines: MEMORIAM . / Viae . munitae . et Fossae . / actae . ad . lintres . equo . / trahendos . in . usum . publicu- / et . commodum . viantium . opus . / ducentibus . Hug . et . Io . Steiniis / exigentibus . publice . IV viris . / Cor . Guldewagio . G . Fabritio . / M. Steinio . F . Wouterio . / hunc . nummum percussere / Consules . anni . 1659 (=As a memorial of a road made and a canal dug to be used for barges drawn by horses, all for public use and for the convenience of voyagers. The work was commenced by Hugo and Jan Stein, and directed by the four magistrates C. Guldewagen, G. Fabritius, M. Steyn, F. Wouters. The burgermeisters of the year 1659 had this medal struck). Around, oak wreath bearing the names and arms of the four burgermeisters of 1659: J. Loo, C. Guldewagen, M. Steyn and J. Druyvesteyn. TMNK 00636. Van Loon II, pp. 407-408. A particularly attractive and well-struck piece. A few very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.

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A very rare and wonderful Medal on the recovery of the sunken treasure
Lot 59
Lot 59

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Zeeland. Medal (Silver, 70mm, 117.19 g 12), on the recovery of a sunken treasure near West-Kapelle by a team led by Marseilis van der Goes, by an unknown engraver, 1660. SOLI DEO HONOR M. V. GOES ET GLORIA (=Marcel van der Goes gives honor and glory solely to God) Two salvage boats on either side of a wrecked ship; on board the boats, crewmen using a special apparatus to raise up items within the wreck; behind view of the city of West-Kapelle. Rev. Inscription of 14 lines: In memoriam rei / Quâ arte admirandâ / priorumq/3 faeculorum cogitata / fuperante, prope Valacros in ple / no ac aeftuanti mari, fub aufpiciis / Senatus Zelandici ac procuranti / Marcel. Goefio e navi submersâ ac / disruptâ profundumq/3 fub arenis la= / titante immenfa argenti, tum rudis / tum signati, vis, gemme plures, ac / tormenta bellica, fubducta, ser= / vata ac veteribus dominis / ex jure reftituta funt / 1660 (=a memorial of how, by an admirable art, surpassing the inventions of past centuries, under the auspices of the Deputy Councillors of Zeeland and under the direction of Marcellus van der Goes, a great quantity of coined and bullion silver, many precious stones and many cannon were raised up near Walcheren, from a vessel lost, destroyed and sunk in the sands, and then returned to their proper owners); all within an olive wreath entwined with the names and arms of the eight directors of the project. TMNK 00681. Van Loon II, pp. 458-460. A nicely toned and very rare medal. Some minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.

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Very rare and among the finest known examples
Lot 64
Lot 64

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 71mm, 122.24 g 12), on the Peace of Breda, Amsterdam, by Christoffel Adolfzoon, 1667. MITIS ET FORTIS (mild and firm) Hollandia, helmeted and partially armored, standing facing between a lamb and a lion, her left foot treading on the figure of Discord, a semi-nude gorgon-headed old woman, lying before her; behind her on her right, Dutch warships sailing to left; on her left, British warships burning; behind, the palace at Breda; in exergue, PROCUL.HINC.MALA.BESTIA / REGNIS! (=go away from these states, you vicious beast!) IUN: 22. / 1667.C.A. Rev. Pax standing facing; above, hand of God emerging from the clouds holding the shields of England and the Netherlands, and, long ribbon inscribed IRATO BELLUM PLACATO NUMINE PAX EST (=war from an angry divinity, peace from one appeased); below, REDIIT.CONCORDIAE.MATER / BREDAE (=Mother Concord has returned at Breda) and IUL.31 .Ao.1667. On edge: NUMISMA.POSTERITATI.SACRUM.BELGA.BRITANNOQUE RECONCILIATIS,CUM.PRIVIL:ORDIN:HOLLAND:ET:WEST (=A medal consecrated to posterity on the occasion of the Peace between the United Provinces and Great Britain. With the permission of the States of Holland and West Friesland). MI I, pp. 528-529, 176. PiN 257. Scher, The Proud Republic, 38. TMNK 00740. Van Loon II, pp. 534-536, I. A very rare piece, boldly struck in high relief and nicely toned. A few very minor marks and an inconspicuous die break on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.

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Rare and of great historical importance
Lot 67
Lot 67

NETHERLANDS, The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 72 mm, 105.40 g, 12 h), on the lynching of the De Witt brothers in the Hague, by P. Aury (1622-?), 1672. IOHANNES DE WITT NAT A 1625 CORNELIVS DE WITT NAT A 1623 Busts of the De Witt brothers facing each other; on the left, armored bust of Cornelius facing right; on the right, civil bust of Johannes facing left; below the busts, AVRY - FEC; on ribbon floating below busts, HIC ARMIS MAXIMVS ILLE TOGA (=one was great in war, the other in peace); behind the head of Johannes, INTEGER VITAE (=irreproachable in his conduct); behind the head of Cornelius, SCELERIS-QVE PVRVS (=free from crime). Rev. NUNC REDEUNT ANIMIS INGENTIA CONSULIS ACTA ET FORMIDATI SCEPTRIS ORACLA MINISTRI (=Now we recall the character of the great deeds of our burgomaster; and the speeches of our minister of state made kingdoms tremble) The De Witt brothers, heroically nude, attacked and killed by a many-bodied monster composed of savage animals (bear, bull, boar, unicorn, lion, tiger and horse); below left, AVRY.F; around, wreath entwined with a ribbon inscribed, MENS ACTIAT MOLEM ET MAGNO SE CORPORE MISCET (=Virgil, Aeneid 6, 724 one primal Mind, immingled with the vast and general frame, fills every part); in exergue, NOBILE PAR FRATRVM SAEVO / FVROR ORE TRVCIDAT. / XX AVGVSTI. (=This noble pair of brothers was put to death by an inhuman frenzy, 20 August 1672), with the year as a chronogram. Scher, The Proud Republic, 39. TMNK 00798. Van Loon III, pp. 81-82. Rare and of great historical importance. Beautifully toned and extremely attractive. Good extremely fine.

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A very rare and splendid Plaquettepenning on the death of Captain David Zweerts
Lot 75
Lot 75

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 77.5mm, 91.44 g 12), on the death of Captain David Zweerts (Sweers), killed at the Battle of Texel, or Kijkduin, in 1673, by an unknown master, after Christoffel Adolfszoon and Wouter Muller, 1673. * DOE NAM MY, DAER ICK VOCHT, EEN YSER VYTER TYT * WIE SOVD EEN STERFLYCK LYF VOOR SOO VEEL EERS NIET WAGEN (=a fatal ball took away my life in the midst of the battle; who would not expose a mortal body to gain such glory?) Bier bearing the armored body of Captain Zweerts; behind, a pillar bearing his coat of’s arms amidst banners and weapons; in a cartouche on the side of the bier, Jo DAVIT ZWEERTS Capt / Vier Zeeslagen Mannelijck bij / geweest - en den laertsten sonder Wijcken / gevelt den 21 Aug . 1673 (=Jonkheer David Zweerts, Captain, having fought valiantly at sea in four engagements, was killed, in battle, in the last, 21 August 1673). Rev. DUS MOET MEN JUYCHEN EN GEEN OORLOGSHELT BEKLAGEN DIE T LIEVE VADERLAND VOOR DWNGLADY BEVRYT (=so must one rejoice, and not lament a hero who frees his beloved country from tyranny) Naval battle with ship on fire in the foreground; below, PVGNANDO (=by fighting). Bemolt 262. Frederiks p. 45, 9b and fig. 138 (Wouter Muller, the reverse of this medal). MI I, pp. 559-560, 223. TKMN 00848. Van Loon pp. 115-116, i. Very rare. A splendid, beautifully toned example of exceptionally fine quality. Usual blow-hole on the edge. Good extremely fine.

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An extremely rare Plaquettepenning, Memento mori for Cornelia de Cerff
Lot 79
Lot 79

Netherlands, The Dutch Republic. Amsterdam. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 73x66mm, 96.20 g 12), Memento mori for Cornelia de Cerff, died 16 March 1683, by Wouter Muller, with his two silver marks on the edge, 1683. A female corpse, wrapped in a winding sheet, lying on the lid of of a sarcophagus, which is supported by two putti flanking a cartouche bearing the inscription: Saligh fijn de doode die in den / Heere Sterven van nu aen Ja fegt/ de Geest op dat fij rusten mo/ghen van haren arbeit/ Apoc.17.Cap. (=blessed are the dead who believe in the Lord for they will rest from their labor); above, two flying putti supporting a ribbon with the inscription: gebooren 5 Maart 1661 geftorven 16 Maart 1683 (=born 5 March 1661, died 16 March 1683). Rev. Two skeletons, the one on the left holding a scythe and that on the right holding a lowered torch, supporting a large cartouche on which a putto sits, blowing bubbles; on the cartouche: Wat ramp rooft onverwagt / De bloem van Cerffs geslagt / Cornelia het leven, / In Schoonheyd so verheven, / als God dees lente blom / trok in fijn Heyligdom. / Haar geest vloog opwarts hené / En liet ons droevig wenen. (=an unexpected disaster stole the life of Cornelia, the flower of Cerff’s family, her beauty was elevated when God took this spring flower into His sanctuary. Her spirit went upwards leaving us to weep in sadness); below, in a small cartouche, Gendeckt te / Sterven (=remember the decedent). Bemolt Suppl. 375A /type F31/32, this piece). Frederiks 20/20a and figs. 155/156 var. (same obverse and reverse but with different inscriptions). Extremely rare. Very attractively toned and with the usual blow-hole on the edge. Extremely fine.

Hammer Price: 4600 CHFYour max. bid: 500 CHFEstimate: 3800 CHF
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