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1672 - The Assassination of the De Witt Brothers SOLD

This superb and rare silver medal by Pierre Aubry commemorates the assassination of the De Witt brothers in 1672. John and Cornelius de Witt (1625 and 1623 to 1672) were distinguished statesmen in Holland with extraordinary diplomatic prowess. They brokered several significant international agreements and generally kept England and France at bay for many years. However when Louis XIV of France suddenly declared war and overran Holland, the Dutch people turned to William III of Orange, later king of England, for leadership. The de Witt brothers opposed William III, leading to violent demonstrations against them and eventually their death at the hands of an angry mob. The medal carries the bust of the two brothers and on the reverse a multi-headed monster. The diameter is 72 mm and the condition Extremely Fine. There is a small indentation on the obverse. The medal is made from two cast and chased silver discs joined at the edge and has a superb tone. The weight is 46.8 gms.
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