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    Betts-24 1629 Matanzas Treasure Medal

    Betts-24. 1629 Matanzas Treasure. Silver. XF. 58.6 mm, 2.4 mm thick, 56.1 gm. Medal turn. The Dutch naval force comprising 16 ships and 10 launches enters Matanzas Bay below a broken line of hills, surrounded by a mocking Latin legend calling the Spaniards less formidable with the sword than with gold. A tiny, well-formed cross crosslet is poised over a 14-line inscription hailing this bloodless Dutch victory and noting that the medals were struck from captured silver by authority of the Stadtholders of the United Netherlands. This boldly detailed strike is accentuated by flashing silver fields.

    John W. Adams Commentary
    "On March 9, 1629, Willem Versteegh was given permission to strike these medals for eight years, with the West India Company supplying the silver."
    Ex: Munthandel Verschoor (9/2005).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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