- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
The palace and gardens of Ryswick. (reverse)
Several plenipotentiaries, attended by guards, close the gates of the Temple of Janus, inscribed, In front is an altar, and near it a devoted sow. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 48.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
This medal commemorates the Peace of Ryswick in 1697.
The Temple of Janus was shut only in time of peace. Solemn treaties amongst the Romans were confirmed by the priest killing a sow with a stone (Livy, Lib. i. c. 24), and praying that those who broke the treaty might be similarly smitten. (See a Dutch medalet of 1596, Medallic Illustrations 1 p161.142.) The reverse represents the palace, where the negotiations were carried on, and the arms of the various Powers who were parties to the treaty.
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, xxii. 2; 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. 273.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Peace of Ryswick
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (169) (453)