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DM09490

Naval Victory against Holland, 1665.

Naval Victory against Holland 1665, Silver Medal by John Roettier, laureate bust of Charles II right, hair short, CAROLUVS. SECVNDVS. D. G. MAG. BRI. FRAN. ET. HIB. REX, rev. Charles as a Roman General, standing before rock, views a naval engagement from the shore, PRO TALIBVS AVSIS, 62mm (Eimer 2010, no. 230; MH 1919, 52; MI i 503/139). Good very fine.

This is one of the most detailed and impressive large early British silver medals. It commemorates the decisive first victory, Lowestoft, in the Second Anglo-Dutch War though it was used as a naval award periodically throughout Charles II's reign. Roettier was by this time one of the head engravers at the Royal Mint and would become the chief engraver in 1670. The reverse inscription, taken from Virgil's Aeneid ii 535 and also XII 351, means "For such enterprises..." and the medals were awarded to deserving officers of the rank of Captain and above. As the English fleet at Lowestoft consisted of 109 ships, it's possible that this number is a broad indication that the mintage figure for these medals was in fact quite low.

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