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    1628 Heyn at Matanzas Medal
    Betts-23, Silver

    Betts-23. 1628 Matanzas Treasure. Silver. VF. 64.6 mm, 2.7 mm thick, 83.5 gm. Medal turn. The obverse legend is an excerpt from the Prophet Jeremiah, The Nations shall Serve Him ... around a wonderfully detailed Western hemisphere map showing California as an island and the western coasts of Europe and Africa, Arctic and Antarctic ice regions clearly delineated. The reverse depicts Admiral Piet Heyn's Dutch fleet blockading the Spanish treasure fleet in Cuba's Matanzas Bay and capturing the entire year's treasure of New Spain. The legend hails the Threshing of the Daughter of Babylon ... by the Despoilers of the North, the Dutch raiders led by the resourceful Heyn. Subtle gray and tawny gold toning highlights the wealth of detail.
    Ex: Oscar Salbach Sale (Jacques Schulman, 1911), lot 19; later, John J. Ford, Jr. (11/1968); Ted Craige.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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