- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
A city, on the further side of a river, bombarded. (reverse)
Bust of William III, right, hair long, in armour, with large gorget. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 48.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
This medal was probably executed at Gotha by Sorberger.
Namur had been taken by the French in 1692, and the achievement was commemorated by several medals. Since that time the defences were strengthened by every means which the skill and ingenuity of Vauban could suggest, and it was now garrisoned by 15,000 choice troops. It was, however, invested by William and the Elector of Bavaria, and the trenches were opened on the 2/12 July. The town capitulated on the 25 July/4 Aug., and the garrison retired into the castle, which was compelled to surrender after an unprecedented resistance, 22 Aug./1 Sept., 10,000 of the garrison having perished in the defence. Marshal Bouffleurs commanded the garrison, and the scientific part of the siege was under the direction of the famous Dutch engineer, Cohorn.
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. 11; 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. 203.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Recapture of Namur
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (130) (380)