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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 375

NGC MS64 | Arrival of Princess Mary in Holland, AR Medal, 1642, by Sebastian Dadler, LIBERTAS PATRIÆ, ME DEFENSORE, TRIUMPHAT, INSIDIATA NIHIL VIS INIMICA NOCET., Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, seated left, tramples on his enemies and holds sword and band with shields of the seven Provinces, Prince William and his bride behind, city beyond, rev. QUO TE MARS ET AMOR VOCAT INTRA. DIVA VIRETUM FRUCTUM HIC LIBERTAS TE GENITRICE FERET., pleasure garden within wattled fench, over the entrance strides the Belgic Lion, Prince William receives his bride, edge plain, 122.24g, 12h (Wieçek 107; Maué 47; Murdoch 93; MI i 290/105; van Loon II, 257), some minor contact marks to edge, otherwise with a most handsome cabinet tone and lustre in fields, pleasing struck in both low and high relief, good extremely fine, very rare, especially in this metal, in NGC holder, graded MS64 (Cert. #6767901-002)


The Dr Frank Becker Collection of World Coins

This medal was struck in honour of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, to commemorate the arrival of the young Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, who had been married to Prince William in the preceding year, and who now on account of the dangers which threatened the royal family, was solemnly requested by the States' Ambassadors to come to Holland.

Princess Mary was married to William II of Orange at the age of nine in 1641 but remained in England for the next six years due to the precarious political unrest about. Shortly before she left for the continent, she was designated the first Princess Royal. She would only end up spending three years in The Netherlands with her husband before he died of smallpox, and only eight days after losing him did she give birth to future king of England, Scotland and Ireland, William III of Orange.

She gave great support to her older brother, Charles II, whilst he was in exile and was a avid supporter of the restoration, however this made her increasingly unpopular in the Netherlands, as did her strained relationship with her mother-in-law Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, who thought the princess to be youth and inexperienced.

When the monarchy was restored in 1660, Mary headed back to London for celebrations, however whilst there she contracted smallpox and died.

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