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1666. William III of Orange, Ruler of the Netherlands 1672-1702 (King of the Great Britain 1688-1702). Michiel Adriaanszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676), admiral. By Christoffel Adolfszoon.  AR Medal. 72mm, 125.93 g, 12h. Naval Action against Holland. MI 522/169; Eimer-239; van Loon III, p. 186. Obv: Armored and draped bust facing slightly right, head turned slightly left, wearing cravat and Collar of the Order of St. Michael. Rev: Naval engagement, with burning ship in foreground; in exergue, PVGNANDO (through fighting). Legend: (outer) 'MICHAEL DE RVITER PROVINCIARVM CONFOEDERAT'; (inner) 'BELGIC: ARCHITHA= LASSVS DVX ET EQVES' (Michael de Ruyter, High Admiral of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, General and Knight). Van Loon has placed this medal under the year 1676, as if relating to De Ruyter's death in the naval engagement off Syracuse. The reverse refers, however, to the war with England, and occurs on other medals of this time. Issued following his success in the Four Days Battle fought in June 1666. The obverse image is taken from the portrait by Ferdinand Bol, painted after the action. Issued following his success in the Four Days Battle fought in June 1666. 

Born on 24th of March, 1607 in Vlissingen, Michiel de Ruyter went ashore at the age of 11 as a boat boy, entered the service in 1640 and took part in 40 sea battles and battles. One of the most famous and skilled admirals in Dutch history, Michiel de Ruyter became best known for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the mid-17th century, in which he scored several major victories, keeping the Netherlands secure. Widely-loved and admired by his sailors and soldiers, he gained the nickname Bestevaêr (old Dutch for ‘grandfather’). He died on April 24, 1676, fatally wounded in action, from a cannonball injury during the Battle of Agosta in Syracuse.


Ex Clarence & Helen Zaar Maritime Collection.

1750s. Austra - Habsburg Territories. Cities in the Habsburg lands. Kremnitz Mint. Rare Dicker Double Schautaler (St. Georgstaler), ND (18th Century Issue). Engraved by Heinrich Fuchs. 61.74gr. Obv: St. George riding right, slaying the dragon. Reverse: Wind god blows to right. Christ and two apostles on ship. Huszar (Voglhuber 23, listed as a simple Schautaler). RR Very attractive item. Huszar has this piece as engraved by Heinrich Fuchs who worked at the Kremnitz mint during the mid-18th century. He suspects that under the wing of the dragon on the left is the medalist’s signature. NGC AU-55.

1780. Poland. Courland. Peter Biron (1769-1795) Albertus Taler. DAV-1624. Kopicki 4104. KM-32; Salv-89. Neumann 334, Kruggel/Gerbasevskis 7.1. Cr-23; Hcz-3410. Obv: Bust of Duke Peter Biron head right. Reverse: Crowned arms of Poland and Lithuania draped by a wreath and are atop a decorated frame. Original mint luster and beautiful, delicate silvery lilac surfaces. A special piece. Courland is situated in what is today western Latvia, From 1561 to 1795, the area was a semi-independent duchy. The land was owned by nobles descended from German invaders. In 1795, the last of these nobles, Peter Biron, sold the territory to Russia. The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislas Leszczinski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislas could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country. Courland, now part of Latvia, was conquered by the Teutonic Knights in the Middle Ages and held by them until the Reformation led to their collapse. The region was contended by Sweden, Russia and Poland, with Russia the eventual winner. Duke Peter's father, Ernst Johann, lover to Russian empress Anna, was installed as a puppet ruler in 1737. Superb, beautiful, lustrous GEM. NGC graded MS-66. Finest graded.

Iraq. King Faisal I mint year AH1350//1932. One Riyal. KM-101. 500,000 minted. 34mm, 29gr. Obverse: Head of King Faisal I right. "Faisal Al-awal" (Faisal the First) written right side anti-clockwise. "Malik Al-Iraq" (King of Iraq) written left anti-clockwise. Reverse: "Al Mamlakah" (Kingdom) written above. 1932AD year on left and AH1350 year on right. Value (1 Riyal) in center circle. "Al-Iraqiyah" (Iraq) written below.This coin is extremely rare in mint state condition (finest is MS-64) and this particular one is the finest graded. PCGS MS-62.

1609 (1985 Restrike). Spanish Phillip III Restrike 50 Reales. 76mm. 187.5 grams. Massive 6.0 Troy Ounces of .930 Silver. Edge marked: 'MEDAL OM-UO 15/100' (No. 15 specimen). The dies supposedly were prepared as a training exercise in the Madrid Mint in the 19th Century. The dies left the Mint in the 1980's. However, this specimen flan is different as Krause Unusual World Coins catalog's variety. Mintage: 100 units compare to Krause's X# MA1 250 units. Rare. A faithful replication of one of the famously immense (and valuable) silver coins of 50 reales struck in the early 1600s. UNC.

1610 (1985 Restrike). Spain, AR medal of a Segovia 50 Reales (cincuentin) made from art school dies from Seville restrike of 1610. 70mm, 146.5 grams. Engraved F.A.S. (Federacion de Artesanos de Sevilla) MEDALLA PUERTO RICO 115 and PLATA 999 on the edge. UNC.

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