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    Betts-94 1702 Vigo Silver Medal

    Betts-94. 1702 Seizure of American Treasure at Vigo. Silver. VF. 47.3 mm, 37.2 gm. By Georg Friedrich N├╝rnberger, Georg Hautsch, and Martin Brunner. Neptune in his seahorse-drawn car and sea-cherubs holding British, German, and Dutch shields support a scroll inscribed by Victory with the names of 24 French ships captured in the harbor of Vigo. Reverse nine allied ships advance in tight formation toward the chain stretched across the entrance to Vigo harbor and ships sheltering within. This design incorporates an amazing amount of exquisite detail chronicling a catastrophic Spanish-French defeat. Lost to the British and Dutch was the entire treasure fleet that had survived a perilous transatlantic voyage only to be destroyed in a supposedly secure home port.
    Ex: John J. Ford, Jr., Part 13 (Stack's, 1/2006), lot 792.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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