- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
A pyramid, inscribed. On the right of the base, which is decorated with a view of Namur, is seated Fame; Bellona, standing on the other side, points to the inscription. Beyond appears an arcade. (reverse)
Namur, murally crowned, holds her shield, a palm branch, and a sceptre, and is seated between two river gods, the Meuse and the Sambre. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 48.500 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
This piece was struck at Nuremberg; and was also issued in wood for use as a draughtsman.
The French boasted that they had made Namur impregnable, and when it was taken a stone was discovered, ready to be placed over the great gate, inscribed, REDDI POTEST NON VINOI. (It may be surrendered, not conquered.) The medal retorts upon them that it could be both one and the other; and as Villeroy retired with his great army as soon as he discovered the strong position of the covering army, it is sarcastically intimated that his only object in approaching Namur was to witness the result of the attack.
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, xviii. 7; 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. 200; Lochner, Johann Hieronymus, ‘Samlung merkwürdiger Medaillen’, 8 vol., Nürnberg, 1737-1744, II. 361.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Recapture of Namur
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (134) (388)