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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 374

NGC MS63 | Synod of Dort, AR Medal, 1619, by W. van Bijlaer, (m.m.) x ASSERTA • x • RELIGIONE x saltire stops, Council assembled in Chamber of the Doel at Sort, spectators in foreground dividing CVM | PRIV 16-19, rev. (m.m.) x ERVNT x VT x MONS x SION x CI ) x I ) x CXIX x, saltire stops, rock surmounted by circular temple and attacked by the four winds, pilgrims ascend the rock, Jehovah in Hebrew above, edge plain, 58mm., 62.08g, m.m. rose (Lingford II, 1304 same dies; MI i, 222/77; van Loon II, 105; Eimer 99), some light contact marking in field, otherwise with a most handsome and uniform dark grey tone overlying residual brilliance, good extremely fine, scarce, especially in this wholesome grade, in NGC holder, graded MS63 (Cert. #6767901-001)


The Dr Frank Becker Collection of World Coins

Spink, by private treaty, April 1973 - £165 [with this ticket]

The Synod of Dort, which was convened to consider the religious disputations that prevailed in Holland between the Arminians and the Gomarists, England was represented by George Carleton, Bishop of Llandaff, and with him were associated Joseph Hall, Dean of Worcester; John Davenant, Professor of Theology at Cambridge; Samuel Ward, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; and Walter Balcanquall, sent by the King in the name of Scotland. The Bishop of Llandaff was one of the divines appointed to draw up the canons, consisting of the refutation and condemnation of the opinions of the Arminians. The Synod sat from the 13 November 1618 to 29 May 1619.

The various sections of which this assembly was composed are clearly set forth on this medal. In the centre, at the head of the room, are seated the five professors of the University, and below them the twenty-one lay elders. On the left of the central group sit the five English delegates; the next place, appropriated to the delegates of the French Reformed Church, is left vacant, as Louis XIII would not permit his Protestant divines to be present. The places below these were occupied by the representatives of the Palatinate, Hesse, Switzerland, Geneva, Bremen and Emden. On the right, are the Dutch and Walloon divines, and in the foreground are seen the spectators, who only occasionally were allowed admission. When the assembly terminated its sittings each of the foreign delegates were presented with one of these medals attached to a gold chain, of the value of 200 francs; a similar present being given some time afterwards to each of the deputies of the Council who had taken part in the assembly.

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