- Museum number
Silver medal composed of thin embossed plates, chased and united by a broad rim. (whole)
A large fleet in full sail, leaving harbour, cheered by people on a pier; above, Fame, flying amid rays of a brilliant sun. (reverse)
Bust of William III of Orange, three-quarters, right, hair long, in lace cravat, armour, and mantle; between Prudence and Valour, crowning him with laurel. Below is a tablet incusely inscribed. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 83.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
This medal was executed in Holland, probably by the artist O. Müller. They commemorate the embarkation of William on his expedition to England, 11 November new style, or, according to English reckoning at that time, 1 November. He had sailed on the 19/29 of the previous month, but was compelled to put back by stress of weather. The wish, therefore, that he may triumph over the waves was occasioned by his having failed in his first attempt. His fleet, consisting of 500 ships, anchored safely off Torbay 4 November. [O.S.].
The inscription on the tablet below the bust of William has been erased in the specimen in the British Museum, and also in the one at the Hague. It would have read: DAT HY OP DE GOLVEN TRIUMPHERE . 1688. (May he triumph over the waves. 1688.)
A similar medal to the above is figured in Chevalier's Hist. de Guillaume III. p. 72; but of much smaller dimension.
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], III. 351.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Departure of William III for England
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- Coins and Medals
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- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (635) (59)