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    Silver medal.(obverse) A Cock, plucking the Golden Fleece, placed upon the stump of a tree, drives away the Belgic Lion and the British Leopard.
    (reverse) A ship in full sail before the wind; an eye at the mast head.

  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1700
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 29 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Translation

        First company of the merchants of Paris.
      • Inscription Type

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      • Inscription Translation

        The exertion of the bird carries off the prize.
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      • Inscription Content

        N. PAIGNON . 1700.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 2
    Very rare.
    The death of the Electoral Prince of Bavaria put an end to the arrangements of the First Partition Treaty, and a new one was completed without delay or difficulty, Louis XIV entirely concurring, but at the same time making every arrangement to break it. When the King of Spain died, Louis accepted the crown of Spain for his grandson, and France applauded the conduct of her King, and by the eye upon the mast intimated the opinion that he had been guided by prudence. England and Holland remonstrated, but France seized the Golden Fleece in spite of their discontent. Nicolas Paignon was Prevôt of the merchants of Paris, for whom this piece was struck.

    See Van Loon, Gerard, ‘Histoire Métallique des XVII. Provinces des Pays-Bas’, 5 vol. La Haye, 1732-1837 (fol) [There is also an edition in Dutch, but with different paging], IV. 315.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 2 p210.530 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

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  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Breaking of Second Partition Treaty
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  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB2p210.530
Silver medal.

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