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1708 - Jacobite, Attemped Invasion of Scotland

This historically interesting and rare silver men by Martin Brunner, Nuremberg, commemorates the attempted invasion of Scotland which took place on the 13/24th of March 1708 (MI ii 321/146). James Stuart, the Old Pretender sailed from Dunkirk with 600 French troops in nearly 30 ships of the French navy. His intended to land in the Firth of Forth but was thwarted by the Royal Navy, under Admiral Byng. The reverse shows an ass, about to feed on a thistle, being driven away by a female figure interposing a rose, the Latin legend reads, "an unpleasant odour is stronger than the appetite". This alludes to the old saying that "an ass was fond of a thistle, but disturbed at the smell of a rose". The obverse is signed by Georg Friedrich Numberger, a contemporary officer and engraver at the Nuremberg Mint, who cut the obverse die on behalf of Brunner. The diameter is 42 mm and the condition Good Very Fine.
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