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.
- Made in: British Isles (?)
- (Europe,British Isles)
- Diameter: 29 millimetres
Inscription ContentPREMIER CORPS DES MARCHANDS DE PARIS.
Inscription TranslationFirst company of the merchants of Paris.
Inscription ContentLABOR ALITIS AUFERT.
Inscription TranslationThe exertion of the bird carries off the prize.
Inscription ContentN. PAIGNON . 1700.
Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
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.
Not on display
- Commemoration of: Breaking of Second Partition Treaty
Coins & Medals
C&M Catalogue number
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: email@example.com
Object reference number: CME2959
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.