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GM27659

Charles II, Naval Victory against Holland, 1665.

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Charles II, Naval Victory against Holland, 1665, "PRO TALIBVS AVSIS", silver medal by John Roettier, laureate bust of Charles right, hair short, a mantle around his shoulders, CAROLUVS. SECVNDVS. D. G. MAG. BRI. FRAN. ET. HIB. REX, rev. Charles, presented as a Roman General, standing before rock, views a naval engagement from the shore, PRO TALIBVS AVSIS, 62mm, 94.59g (Eimer 230; MH 1919, 52; MI i 503/139). Some contact marks but retaining excellent detail, good very fine with attractive patina.

PRO TALIBVS AVSIS (from Virgil's Aeneid ii 535 or xii 351) can be translated "for such ventures", but the tone in both verses is of retribution, and justice for wrong-doing, perhaps conferring on the medals' recipients a moral justification for their agency as well as rewarding them for their duty.

The medal was first awarded to those officers who had distinguished themselves in the Battle of Lowestoft on 3 June 1665, then to others at subsequent naval engagements. It was designed deliberately without a date, or any direct reference to the Battle of Lowestoft itself, so that it could be awarded for naval action throughout the reign of Charles II.

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