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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Oval bronze medal. Small laurel border on each side. Cast.(obverse) Bust of Prince Maurice of Orange, three-quarters, right, in armour, scarf over the shoulder, and ruff.
    (reverse) Armorial shield of Prince Maurice within the Garter, crown above.

  • Date

    • 1615
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Width: 44 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        MAVRITIVS . AVR . PRINC . COM . NASS . ET . MV . MAR . VE . FL . EQ . OR . PERISCELIDIS . 1615.
      • Inscription Translation

        Maurice, Prince of Orange, Count of Nassau and Meurs, Marquess of Vere and Flushing, Knight of the Order of the Garter.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
    Somewhat rare.
    This piece is always cast, and generally chased. Prince Maurice was elected a Knight of the Garter 19 Dec. 1612, and invested at the Hague 4 Feb. following. This was the first instance of the honour being conferred upon any personage in the United Provinces since the establishment of their independence.

    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. 87.


  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 1 p205.39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Election of Prince Maurice to the Order of the Garter
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • H32
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB1p205.39
Oval bronze medal. Small laurel border on each side. Cast.

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