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  • Description

    Silver medal.(obverse) An English and a Dutch ship sailing amicably alongside each other; an olive wreath decorates the main-top mast of each.
    (reverse) A festoon of fruit and flowers encircled by a wreath of olive, whence are suspended the shields of Great Britain and Holland; between them, branches of palm and laurel crossed and tied.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1667
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 44.5 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        BRITAN : BATAV : PAX. 1667. C A.
      • Inscription Translation

        Peace of Britain and Holland. 1667. Christopher Adolfszoon.
      • Inscription Comment

        Below, inscribed on a band.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1
    Not rare.
    Neatly executed by Christopher Adolfszoon, the same artist who made the dies for the medal Medallic Illustrations p528.176. In both he has committed the same mistake of placing Scotland in the first and fourth quarters of the British shield. As this medal does not mention Breda, or give any specific date beyond the year, it probably alludes not only to the treaty of peace, but also to those amicable relations between the two countries, which the French invasion of the Spanish Netherlands made urgent, and which were cemented afterwards by a treaty arranged and concluded in five days by De Witt and Sir William Temple.

    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], II. 538.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p534.184 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Peace of Breda
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • H157
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p534.184

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