Special Coins from Dutch Revolt Era to be Auctioned

03 Nov 2018  Sat

On 15th November, World-Wide Coins of California is going to offer the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of historical coins, medals, tokens, jetons that were issued during the times of Dutch Revolt.

A series of battles called the Dutch Revolt were fought in the Netherlands for 80 long years from 1568 to 1648. A certain section of the Habsburg Empire was against the Spanish King Philip II, due to his unjust administration. The conflict also had a bitter communal tone of a religious clash.

A Dutch version of Protestantism called Calvinism was adopted by the people, but the Spanish enforced the principles of Catholic Church. The Spanish executed Counts Egmont and Horne in Brussels In June 1568. This led to a series of revolts and conflicts. The Twelve Year Truce came into effect in 1609. However, the battles continued until 1648 after the Peace of Munster, a part of the Peace of Westphalia.

An undated silver daalder of 1540 to 1568, graded VF with rough surfaces, issued for a knight of the Golden Fleece named Philip of Montmorency, will be offered at an estimated value of $300. He worked under Spain’s King Philip II when the conflicts began. Montmorency became a rebel and was arrested by the regent, Duke of Alba. Montmorency and the Count of Egmont were executed in the Grand Palace of Brussels, on 5th June 1568, which triggered the war.

A toned EF 1597 silver medal celebrating the victory at a Belgian municipality in Antwerp named Turnhout, is being offered at an estimated value of $1,000. The battle was led by Prince of Orange, Maurice and his allied forces. The obverse features the Spanish army running away from the battlefield. The reverse features the nine towns captured from the Spanish in three months. The central legend resembles a 1596 medal design which was issued when Archduke Albert of Hapsburg won three battles against the Dutch in 1595.

A toned EF 1572 32 stuivers siege daalder from Haarlem is also being offered at an estimated value of $3,500. Haarlem was attacked by Duke of Alba from December 1572. Haarlem finally surrendered in July 1573. The citizens ransomed themselves but the rebels and their leaders were executed. The Spanish fell short of ammunition, due to which some leaders were executed by drowning.

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