Arrival of Princess Mary in Holland
Arrival of Princess Mary in Holland, silver-gilt medal, , 1642, by S. Dadler, Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, seated left on a throne, his shield and helmet at his side, tramples on prostrate foes and holds a sword and a band with the shields of the seven provinces suspended; in the distance Prince William and his bride and behind a fortified city and the Prince riding ahead of his troops, with legend around, LIBERTAS PATRIAE, ME DEFENSORE, TRIUMPHAT, INSIDIATA NIHIL VIS INIMICA NOCET (THE LIBERTY OF MY COUNTRY TRIUMPHS UNDER MY PROTECTION, THE INSIDIOUS VIOLENCE OF MY ENEMIES INJURES ME NOT), rev. a palace garden and pleasure garden enclosed within a wattled fence supported by obelisks; over the entrance strides the Belgic Lion and on either side are statues of armed Mars and Venus; William receives his bride at the entrance; above amid rays issuing from the sky, two cherubs shower down wealth and honours, QUO TE MARS ET AMOR VOCAT INTRA DIVA VIRETUM FRUCTUM HIC LIBERTAS TE GENITRICE FERET (ENTER DIVINE CREATURE, THE BOWER WHERE MARS AND LOVE INVITE YOU, HERE UNDER YOUR PARENTAGE LIBERTY SHALL PRODUCE HER FRUIT), 72 mm (MI 290/105). Good extremely fine and very rare. £Sold
This medal was struck in honour of Frederick Henry Prince of Orange to commemorate the arrival in Holland of the young Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I. She had come to Holland on account of the dangers that threatened the Royal family at home.
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