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    1629 Matanzas Treasure Medal
    Betts-25, Silver

    Betts-25. 1629 Matanzas Treasure. Silver. Mint State. 58.3 mm, 2 mm thick, 48.0 gm. Medal turn. Dutch fleet of 19 ships and eight launches crowds into Matanzas Bay, backed by the unbroken line of hills that distinguishes this rare variety from the somewhat similar Betts-24. The precisely defined reverse inscription celebrates the bloodless capture of the Spanish treasure fleet, shorn of its defending naval escort by Admiral Heyn's skilled leadership. This medal boasts a meticulous strike and clear pale gold toning on its reflective fields.
    Ex: Wayte Raymond Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part 13 (Stack's, 1/2006), lot 683.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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