Silver medal.(obverse) Britannia, with a harp on her knee, and Holland, with her lion at her feet, are holding up a cap of Liberty.
(reverse) A British and a Dutch ship of war, sailing peaceably together upon a calm sea.
- Made in: Netherlands
- Diameter: 60 millimetres
Inscription ContentMENTIBUS UNITIS PRISCUS PROCUL ABSIT AMAROR,
PILEA NE SUBITO PARTA CRUORE RUANT.
Inscription TranslationFrom their united minds may their former bitterness depart, lest the caps [of Liberty], obtained by their blood, should suddenly fall down.
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription ContentS. D.
Inscription CommentSebastian Dadler.
On the stern of each ship.
Inscription ContentCONCL : XV/ XXV D . APRIL . A° . M . DC . LIV.
Inscription TranslationConcluded, 15/ 25 April, 1654.
Inscription ContentLUXURIAT GEMINO NEXU TRANQVILLA SALO RES .
EXCIPIT UNANIMES TOTIUS ORBIS AMOR .
Inscription TranslationCommerce, tranquillized by a double alliance, flourishes on the sea, and the Amity of the whole world welcomes the reconciled.
Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This medal, struck in Holland, commemorates the peace lately concluded between Holland and Britain, and refers to the treaty of commerce and alliance by which the navigation of merchant vessels of the two countries was to be unmolested, and vessels of war of the one nation were to enter freely into the ports of the other.
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. 371; Bizot, Pierre, ‘Histoire Métallique de la République de Hollande’, Paris, 1687 (new ed., 2 vol. Amsterdam, 1688, and Supl., 1690), p. 228.
Not on display
- Commemoration of: Peace Treaty between Britain and Holland
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