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Harlan J. Berk Ltd. is privileged to offer a highly select group of historic medals relating to the discovery of the Americas, the American Colonial era and the stirring events of the American Revolution and its ultimate triumph. These medals have been chronicled in C. Wyllys Betts, “American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals,” and in the recent “Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon, Medals Sometimes Lie” by John W. Adams and Dr. Fernando Chao (h). This category of American Medallic Art is undergoing a phenomenal increase in popularity,and the pieces offered here are notable both for their high quality and historical importance. A few highlights from this collection include:
• Admiral Piet Heyn Capture of Matanzas Treasure Medal, 1628.
Betts 26 Frisia Recognizes American Independence Medal, 1782. Betts 602
• • American Pledge of Freedom with Holland Medal, 1782. Betts 606 • Commerce of West Frisia and Holland Medal, 1596. Betts 16
• Major General Horatio Gates, Coimitia Americana Medal, 1777. Betts 557 • Admiral Vernon at Porto Bello Medal, 1739. PBv 44-UU. M-G 75. Betts 211 • Vernon Destroys Cartagena Forts Medal, 1741. CAv 6-G. M-G 214. Betts 334
• Philip II King of the New World Medal (1560). Van Loon I:283. Betts 12
• William Penn by Deeds of Peace Medal, 1775. Betts 531 • United Provinces John Adams Reception Medal, 1782. Betts 603
Betts Medals Early American Treaties and Heroes
1. (wd53317) Treaty of Paris Medal, 1783. Betts 610. Pax 655. Van Loon Sup. 592. BHM 255. Eimer 804. By Leonhard Oexlein. White Metal with Copper plug, 43.7mm, 30.60 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Peace clasps hand of free America amid shields of England, Ireland, Spain, France and 13-stripe U.S. shield. Rev. Triumphant Peace stands on impotent war god Mars as cherub above with trumpet proclaims Let there be Peace. $2,000 Ex John J. Ford Jr. Collection, Part 14, May 2006, lot 277.
2. (wd53318) United Provinces John Adams Reception Medal, 1782. Betts 603. Van Loon Sup. 573. By Johan Holtzhey. Silver, 45.2mm, 26.46 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Minerva (the Netherlands) receives Indian Princess (America) as Free Sister under republican Free Hat. Rev. British unicorn breaks horn against the Rock of Virtue, Tyranny Repulsed by Virtue, under the Auspices of France. Sharply struck and displaying subtle gold and pale blue toning. $3,250
John Adamsâ€™ successful diplomacy assured the friendship of the United Netherlands and brought great commercial advantages to the infant U.S. despite some jealousy from the imperious Benjamin Franklin in Paris.
3. (wd53319) United Provinces John Adams Reception Medal, 1782. Betts 603 Van Loon Sup. 573. By Johan Holtzhey. Silver, 45.3mm, 27.60 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Minerva (the Netherlands) receives Indian Princess (America) as Free Sister under republican Free Hat. Rev. British unicorn breaks its horn against the Rock of Virtue, Tyranny Repulsed by Virtue under the Auspices of France. Virtually Mint State, this medal boasts the boldest prooflike silver gleam enhanced by the richest tobacco-gold peripheral toning to create exceptional visual appeal. $3,500 John Adamsâ€™ successful diplomacy assured the friendship of the United Netherlands and brought great commercial advantages to the infant U.S. despite some jealousy from the imperious Benjamin Franklin in Paris.
4. (wd53320) Frisia Recognizes American Independence Medal, 1782. Betts 602. Van Loon Sup. 572. By B.C.V. Calker. Silver, 44mm, 28.96 grams. Prooflike Uncirculated. Obv. Frisia as a medieval warrior welcomes Indian Princess (U.S. of North America) as cherub presents republican Free Hat from clouds. At right is spurned Britannia with leopard and false peace offers symbolized by a snake in the grass. Rev. 8-line thanks to the legislature of this northernmost Dutch province from citizensâ€™ Society for Liberty and Glory for making Frisia the first European state to formally recognize the independence of the new United States. Glass-like prooflike fields and meticulous strike make this example one of the finest known. $3,750
5. (wd53321) Frisia Recognizes American Independence Medal, 1782. Betts 602. Van Loon Sup. 572. By B.C.V. Calker. Silver, 44.1mm, 28.56 grams. Prooflike Uncirculated. Obv. Frisia as a medieval warrior welcomes Indian Princess (U.S. of North America) as cherub presents republican Free Hat from clouds. Spurned Britannia stands at right with leopard and false peace offers symbolized by a snake in the grass. Rev. 8-line inscription of thanks to the legislature of this northernmost Dutch province from the Society for Liberty and Glory for making Frisia the first European state to formally recognize the independence of the new United States. Silver-white fields display a faint golden blush that creates rare beauty. $3,500
6. (wd53322) Holland-America Commercial Treaty Medal, 1782. Betts 604. Van Loon Sup. 575. By Johan G. Holtzhey. Silver, 45.2mm. 28.30 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Winged Fame with trumpet seated on cloud, Joined by Most Auspicious Treaty. Rev. Commerce god Mercury crowns Amsterdam Arms on obelisk, Learn Justice and Despise not the Gods. as French coq crows joyously at right. Honey-gold toning is joined by a swathe of electric blue on the obverse, on the cusp of fully Uncirculated, an exceptional example of the type. $3,750
7. (wd53323) William Penn by Deeds of Peace Medal, 1775. Betts 531. BHM 201. By Lewis Pingo. Copper, 40.2mm, 469 grains, 25.86 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Penn bust r. in 17th century attire, vital dates 1644-1718 below. Rev. Penn clasps hands with Indian warrior, BY DEEDS OF PEACE, PENNSYLVANIA SETLED (sic)1681. This medal was commissioned by Lady Julia, widow of his son Thomas Penn. This Indian on the reverse will reappear 31 years later on the Washington-Eccleston Medal. Deep red-brown patina, the obverse rim cud at 1:00 is well developed in this die state. $2,000 Ex John J. Ford Jr. Collection, Part 14, lot 373.
8. (wd53324) William Pitt Medal, 1766. Betts 516. BHM 100. Pingo 34. Eimer 713. By Thomas Pingo. Silver, 40.2mm, 25.06 grams. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Bust of statesmen and parliamentarian l. in full-bottomed wig, GVLIELMVS PITT. Rev. 7-line tribute to Pittâ€™s reform leadership and support for American colonists against the Stamp Act, THE MAN WHO HAVING SAVED THE PARENT PLEADED WITH SUCCESS FOR HER CHILDREN. Glittering prooflike fields complement an exacting strike that clearly reveals the lettering set by eye by engraver Pingo. It is ironic that as Patriots were destroying the statue of King George III in New York, British troops blew up the Pitt statue in Charleston, South Carolina. $2,500
9. (wd53325) American Pledge of Freedom with Holland Medal, 1782. Betts 606. Van Loon Sup. 576. Silver, 32.1mm, 11.96 grams. By Adrian van Baerll. About Uncirculated. Obv. Seated Batavia accepts olive branch from America holding 13-star and stripe flag, In thy Right Hand is Faith. Rev. 8-line tribute to Freedom-fighting American from All of the Netherlands. Date Oct. 7 was that originally set for the Dutch-American treaty of commerce and friendship. This elusive medal is the first to present a detailed view of the American flag. Light steely blue toning, a few minute tics can be searched out. $4,500
10. (wd53326) Peace of Versailles-Order of St. Michael Medal Mule, 1729-1783. Betts 611 var. Silver, 41.1mm, 30.46 grams. By Jean le Blanc, Benjamin Duvivier. About Uncirculated. Obv. Insignia of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Michael from reign of Louis XV, archangel subduing Satan. Rev. Peace standing on antique prow holding olive branch and cornucopia, Latin Peace between France and England. Interesting joining of unrelated dies, gray and steel toning. This exciting mule of two reigns is unique! $3,500
11. (wd53327) Commerce of West Frisia and Holland Medal, 1596. Betts 16, Van Loon I:447. Silver, 54.6mm, 41.66 grams. Extremely Fine. Obv. Hebrew JEHOVAH in clouds over sea god Neptune standing on a marine monster facing a busy seaport on horizon, Latin May Neptuneâ€™s Kingdoms Prosper beneath Favorable Stars. Rev. Shields and names of cities of Alckmaar, Hoorn, Enckhuysen, Medemblick, Edam. Monickendam and Purmerend. Here is a classic of the early Dutch medals related to New World colonization. The Ford cataloguer styled this issue a medallic double Taler; two examples graced the John W. Adams Betts selection in the January 2013 Heritage sale: a Fine piece reached $11,750; one called Very Fine climbed to $30,500. The present medal displays exceptional visual quality, showing this complex design at its finest. $9,500
American Revolution Comitia Americana Medals
12. (wd53328) Major General Horatio Gates, Battle of Saratoga Medal, 1777. Betts 557, Julian MI2. Adams & Bentley Ch 4. Eimer 773. Copper bronzed, 55.8mm, 5.5mm thick, 100.76 grams. By Nicolas Marie Gatteaux. Original dies. Uncirculated. Obv. Bust left of the Valiant Commander, Comitia Americana, American Congress below. Rev. British General John Burgoyne surrenders his sword to Gates as British soldiers at left lay down their banners and arms. Latin Safety of the Northern Regions, assured by Burgoyneâ€™s failure at Saratoga to split the U.S. along the line of the Hudson. Rich red mahogany patina, a freckle or two can be found with effort. $7,750
13. (wd53329) Major General Horatio Gates, Battle of Saratoga Medal, 1777. Betts 557, Julian MI-2. White Metal, 56.3mm, 4.6mm thick, 74.6 grams. By Nicolas Marie Gatteaux. Original dies, Die State 2. Choice Extremely Fine. Obv. Bust left of the Valiant Commander, Comitia Americana, American Congress below. Rev. British General John Burgoyne surrenders his sword to Gates as British soldiers at left lay down their banners and arms. Latin Safety of the Northern Regions, assured by Burgoyneâ€™s failure at Saratoga to split the U.S. along the line of the Hudson. Softness of this alloy is shown in traces of rub on the highest points. Struck at the Philadelphia Mint from original dies brought from Europe by Aaron Burr in 1801. $6,000
Admiral Vernon Medals John W. Adams and Dr. Fernando Chao (h), Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon
14. (wd53330) Admiral Vernon and Sir Chaloner Ogle Medal, 1741. Adams-Chao CAvo 2-C (R6). M-G 227, Betts Unlisted. Brass, 37.8mm. Coin Turn. Choice Extremely Fine. Obv. Vernon and Ogle standing, holding batons, scallop and sprigs of sea plant in exergue. Rev. Straight city skyline over forts, two ships and DON BLASS in boat at center. TRUE BRITISH HEROES TOOK CARTHAGENA, APRIL 1741, a capture that never took place. Don Blas de Lezo was in fact a resourceful commander who fought off the British attack. See John W. Adamsâ€™ secondary title for his trail-blazing book, Medals Sometimes Lie. Lightest wear on highest points may actually be striking weakness. $850
15. (wd53331) Admiral Vernon Viewing Cartagena Medal, 1741. Adams-Chao CAv 5-F (R-6). M-G 213, Betts 335. About Uncirculated or finer. Brass, 35.9mm. Coin turn. Obv. Full figure Admiral standing before town and port, baton in hand. Rev. Oddly angular outline of port, city at top in straight line, five ships outside chain with DON BLASS in a small boat in the inner harbor. Crisp strike shows wonderful detail, faded gold surfaces with light toning. This is a significant rarity, with no example appearing in either the Ford or La RiviĂ¨re collections. $1,500 Ex Norweb Collection, September 2009, lot 6033
16. (wd53332) Vernon and Brown, Sir Robert and No excise Medal, n.d. Adams-Chao NLv 8-G (R5). M-G 18, Betts 246. Very Fine. Brass, 37.3mm. Coin turn. Obv. Brown and Vernon standing, crown and ship between, THE BRITISH GLORY REVIV.Dâ€Ś Rev. Devil leading Prime Minister Walpole to mouth of hell, MAKE ROOM FOR SIR ROBERT. The reverse shows surface irregularities in the brittle alloy, including some missing letters. Researchers believe that this is a mule of a popular Vernon design with a political attack of Walpole and his administration. Olive-gold toning. $900
17. (wd53333) Admiral Vernon, British Glory Reviv.d Medal, 1739. Adams-Chao PBv 42-RR (R-5). M-G 72, Betts 198. Brass, 37.4mm. Coin turn. About Extremely Fine. Obv. Full-face, 他 length figure Vernon holding baton, no line around legend. Rev. Curving town atop wide harbor with six British ships spaced three over three, Nov. 22, 1739 in exergue. Edge bruises at obverse right, boldly detailed with olive-gold surfaces. $1,100
18. (wd53334) Vernon, Ship and Cannon Medal, 1739. Adams-Chao PBvi 11-P (R-6). M-G 104B, Betts Unlisted. Brass, 38.4mm. Coin turn. About Extremely Fine. Obv. Admiral standing on smooth platform with coat tail flaring, holding sword and baton, ship and cannon flanking. Rev. Tightly arching port jammed with ships arranged two over four, large fortresses flanking and tiny town above. High relief design shows some weakness on the highest points. An intriguing copper-red patina makes this a handsome example of an important Vernon type. $1,100
19. (wd53335) Vernon at Porto Bello Medal, 1739. Adams-Chao PBv 44-UU (R-6). M-G 75, Betts 211. Brass, 37.3mm. Coin turn. About Uncirculated. Obv. Legend in circle, ¾ length figure of Vernon facing left with finger pointing to “I” in GLORY. Rev. Wide harbor shows water lines at base. British ships are arranged with three single vessels above three in line. This early die state shows beginning of buckling in exergue at NOV. 22. 1739. Sharper than the Adams plate medal, wonderfully smooth olive surfaces show traces of brighter gold around the reliefs, seldom found this nice. $1,750
20. (wd53336) Royal Arms – Porto Bello Medal, 1739 IW. Adams-Chao PB 2-D (R-5). M-G 22, Betts 271. Eimer 549. Brass, 38.9mm. Coin turn. Choice Extremely Fine. Obv. Charming primitive “folk art” presentation of British royal Arms with bungled motto EH DIEU ET MON DROIT MON. Rev. Wide circular view of town and port, British ships entering at right in two diagonal lines of three vessels each. Reversed “N’s” in legend, signature I.:. W in exergue. Hints of chasing in upper obverse field. A fascinating design that omits the customary Vernon portrait, deep red-mahogany patina. $950
21. (wd53337) Vernon and Fort Chagre Medal, 1739. Adams-Chao FCv 13-R (R-5). M-G 214, Betts Unlisted. Pinchbeck Brass, 37mm. Coin turn. About Uncirculated. Obv. Unusually finely formed figure of a standing Vernon facing left toward small FORT CHAGRE, ship behind, regular Porto Bello legend in circle, battle date in exergue. Rev. Circular port with Vernonâ€™s ships entering three and three, tiny town above, battle date NOV. 22. 1775 repeated below. Cast planchet shows micro-porosity, olive patina displays much gold luster on the obverse. This is the only medal in the Vernon series by this unknown but obviously talented engraver and is in much demand. $1,200
22. (wd53338) Vernon Destroys Cartagena Forts Medal, 1741. Adams-Chao CAv 6-G (R-4). M-G 214, Betts 334. Brass, 37mm. Coin turn. About Uncirculated. Obv. Full figure of standing Admiral VEIWING (sic) town of CARTHAGANA (sic) and port, baton in hand. Rev. View of Cartagena, forts of S. JOSEPH, S. IAGO with a very few water lines around two ships. Meticulously struck on a marvelously thin planchet, rarely encountered in this high grade. $1,500
23. (wd53339) Vernon, Ship and Cannon Medal, 1739. Adams-Chao PBvi 11-P (R-6). M-G 214, Betts 334. Brass, 38.2mm. Coin turn. About Uncirculated. Obv. Admiral standing on smooth platform with coat tail flaring, holding sword and baton, flanked by ship and cannon, BRITISH GLORY REVIV.D legend in circle. Rev. Tightly arching port jammed with ships arranged two over four, large fortresses flanking and tiny town above. High relief design shows minimal weakness on the highest points of ships and forts. Smooth olive-gold patina adds to the beauty of this boldly struck example of an important Vernon type. $1,300
24. (wd53340) Frederick Lord North Medal, 1775. Betts 551. BHM 200. Eimer 761. Bronze, 36.4mm. By Isaac Gosset and John Kirk. Choice About Uncirculated. Obv. Bust left of King George IIIâ€™s Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer and of Oxford University. Rev. Family Arms on mantle with insignia of the Order of the Garter. Prime Minister after 1770, Lord North was implacably opposed to colonial demands and to American independence. He resigned after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown and was long remembered as a foe of emerging America. Prooflike even brown surfaces bear a few trivial marks. $950
25. (wd53341) Philip II King of the New World Reliquum Datura Medal (1560). Betts 12. Van Loon I: 283. Struck Bronze, 38.2mm, 260 grains. Attributed to Gianpaolo Poggini. Extremely Fine. Obv. Armored bust l. of Philip II as King of the Spains and of the New World of the West. Rev. Goddess of the Indies presents a globe with Tropic of Cancer prominently marked to a Spanish ship. Behind her is a retinue of Inca Indians accompanied by a llama (misidentified by Betts as a camel), INDIA (as in West India!) below. Betts tried to relate this medal to a Spanish takeover of Portuguese colonies, but modern scholars identify it with the Spanish-French Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis of 1559 that regulated each powerâ€™s colonial acquisition in the Western Hemisphere. Exceptional fine detail, light brown with lingering traces of red. $5,000 Ex Stackâ€™s Americana Sale, January 2004, lot 2457.
26. (wd53342) Eccleston Medal of George Washington, 1805. Baker 85. BDM VI, 401. By Thomas Webb for Daniel Eccleston. Bronze, 75mm. NGC MS-62. Obv. Large Washington bust r. with peruke and ornamented armor, INSCRIBED TO HIS MEMORY BY D: ECCLESTON. LANCASTER MDCCCV. Rev. Concentric legend hails Washington’s laying the foundations of American liberty and predicts future veneration of millions yet unborn. At center is the Indian from the William Penn medal, holding an arrow, THE LAND WAS OURS. The armor confused Washington cataloguer William S. Baker, who called it “a singular conceit,” not realizing that it was European medallic shorthand for a victorious commander. The Indian troubled others, who thought it a satire on Washington. In fact, English Quaker eccentric Eccleston was both a Washington admirer and advocate of native rights. Glossy brown with much peripheral red, a splendid early Washington medal in a jumbo NGC holder. $2,500
Admiral Heyn â€“ Matanzas Treasure Capture Medal
Admiral Piet Heyn, Capture of Matanzas Treasure Medal, 1628. Betts 26, Van Loon II:171. Unsigned. Silver, 60mm, 92.04 grams. Choice Extremely Fine. Obv. Bust ¾ right of Piet (Peter), Son of Piet Heyn, Admiral of the United Netherlands, wearing a high ruff collar, five gold chains and elaborately damascened armor. Rev. Heyn’s Dutch fleet rampaging through the Spanish Treasure Fleet in Matanzas Bay, Cuba, Latin legend taunts, Pillaged Matanzas has Lately Felt the Power of the Land of Heyn. The Dutch commander intercepted the galleons of Tierra Firme and the Vera Cruz Flota that made rendezvous at Havana in order to sail across the Atlantic with the combined gold and silver treasure of South America and Mexico. Commanded by Admiral Benavides and Don Juan de Loez, this fleet included several vessels so overloaded with treasure that their gun ports were blocked, making resistance impossible. Heyn’s silver haul weighed more than 34 tons and it took days to secure this load for the Atlantic crossing, along with fifteen captured Spanish ships. He became a national hero, the first Dutch admiral who was not of noble family. He met his death in battle against English Channel pirates of Ostend and Dunkirk on June 11, 1629. This medal shows a sharply detailed strike, some small superficial surface marks and a few edge nicks of little visual importance. Here is a truly classic Dutch medal which is as rare as it is historic. Framed. $32,500 Ex Jacques Schulman Auction 19, Nov. 1917, lot 420. No example of this rarity appeared in the Stack’s sale of the John J. Ford Jr. Collection; an Extremely Fine specimen was lot 3580 in the January 2013 Heritage sale of Betts medals from the John W. Adams Collection, realizing $32,900, that medal was previously in the Lucien LaRiviere, Part III, lot 1012.
Map: Title: Abbildung Welcher Gestalt die Spanische Silberflotta holländischen General Peter Peters Hayn… By: Theodore De Bry. Date: 1630 (published). Dimensions: 12.2 x 15.35 inches (31 x 39 cm). A striking portrayal of the naval battle between the Dutch and Spanish in the bay on Matanzas Cuba on September 8, 1628. As a result of this battle, the Dutch seized over 4,000 tons of silver from the Spanish. Any victory over the Spanish was a cause for celebration and they were often times commemorated like any other battle victory, through the production of medals and maps such as this one. Flanking the image are two portraits that include Piet Heyn, Vice-Admiral of the Dutch fleet, and Hendrick Corneliszoon Loncq. An insert of Cuba and Jamaica depicts lines of longitude and latitude and locations of sea banks. At the bottom are 20 descriptions of various elements of the engraving numerically marked throughout. $5,000 Medal & Map as Pair $35,000
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