Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588.

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Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588.

Elizabeth I, Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588, struck Silver Medal by G. van Bylaer, Philip II of Spain, and the heads of the Catholic Church and state, blindfolded, seated in discussion with their feet on a spiked floor, O. COECAS. HOMINVM. MENTES. O. PECTORA. COECA. [Oh the blind minds of men, oh the blind hearts], DVRVM. EST. CONTRA. STIMVLOS. CALCITRARE [It is hard to kick against goads], reverse, the Spanish fleet, some foundering on rocks, TV. DEVS. MAGNVS. ET. MAGNA. FACIS TV. SOLVS. DEVS, VENI. VIDE. VIVE. 1588 [You God are great and do great things, You God alone. Come. See. Live. 1588], 51mm (Eimer 56a; MI i 144/111; Van Loon I, p. 384, i.). Insignificant light rubbing/tooling in fields, trace of old mount at 12 o'clock on reverse, otherwise toned and extremely fine, very rare.

 

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