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  • Description

    Silver medal.(obverse) A fleet at sea.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1689
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 44 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        obverse & reverse
      • Inscription Content

        B. M.
      • Inscription Comment

        Berthold Meier.
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        All aid of 7,000 troops sent to William III by Christian V, 1689.
      • Inscription Comment

        Within a floral wreath.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1
    This medal was struck in Denmark. It commemorates a compact entered upon 25 August 1689, between William III of England and Christian V of Denmark, by which the latter agreed to furnish William with 6,000 foot and 1,000 horse, who were to receive the same pay as like soldiers of the English army. These were despatched to Ireland and rendered good service to William.

    See Rapin de Thoyras, Paul, ‘The Metallick History of the Reigns of William III and Queen Mary, Queen Anne, and King George I. [N. Tindal’s edition.], London, 1747, v. 3; 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], III. 429; Danske Medailler og Mynter i det Kongelige Kabinet, Kiöbenhavn, 1791, Chr. V. PL xxvi. 3.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p697.98 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Military Treaty between William III and Christian V
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p697.98
Silver medal.



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