Pope Adrian VI , 1522-1523
Erasmus of Rotterdam, *1466/9 1536
Maximilian of Berghes (1483-1522), Lord of Zevenbergen, diplomat for Habsburg
Charles II of Egmond, Duke of Guelders 1492-1538
Counts van den Bergh ('s-Heerenberg): Oswald II, 1511-46 and Willem IV, 1546-86Viglius Zuichemus (1507-1577), lawyer, humanist, statesman
Philippe de Montmorency (1518/26-1568), Count of Hoorn, freedom fighter
Lamoral of Egmond (1522-1568), Count of Egmond, freedom fighter
William I of Orange (1533-1584), leader of the Dutch Revolt
Giulio n. d., Parma. Ø 27,2 mm, 3,76 g. CNI IX p.417 n.4; Muntoni I 21; Berman 805.
Obv.: HADRIANVS·SEXTVS·P·MAX· - popes bust to the left with tonsure and ornated cope.
Rev.: ·DOMINVS· - ·PARMAE· - crossed keys between popes coat of arms and tiara.
Giulio n. d., Parma. Ø 27 mm, 3,70 g. CNI IX p.417 n.9; Muntoni I 23.
Obv.: HADRIANVS·ELECT·PONT·MAX - popes bust to the right with tonsure and ornated cope.
Rev.: VRBIS PARMAE - SECVRITAS - crossed keys between popes coat of arms and tiara.
uniface Bronze cast medal n. d. (1522) by Conrat Meit of Worms. Ø 80,8 mm-
Köhler, Münzbelustigung I (1729) No.16 p.121; Van Mieris II, p.158; Coll.Lanna 497;
W.Louwet / C.Meit: RBN 139 (1993) 120, pl.8/5.
Legend : M ADRIEN VAN GOD GHEKOREN PAVS VA ROMEN TVTRECHT GHEBOREN
"Lord Adrian, God elected him for Pope in Rome, born in Utrecht" (flowers betwen the words)
Effigy with rich robe, tiara and the Order of St. George; he faces his family's coat of arms,
which emperor Charles V may have endowed him with - it is unlikely that his family had a coat of arms;
behind him the arms of Utrecht, his native town.
Compare with the picture in oil on wood (1522) von Bernaert van Orley (1488-1542).
Silber medal (1522-23). Ø 34 mm, 20,12 g. Armand II, 115,36.
Piece from the coin cabinet, Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart.
Obv.: ·ADRIANVS·VI·PONT·MAX· - Bust tin a simple robe and a hood.
Apostle Peter from the front, holding the Keys of Heaven. Apostle Paul looks out from behind a pillar.
Compare with an etching by Daniel Hopfer (about 1470-1536).
Cast bronze medal 1519, by Quentin Matsys. Ø 105 mm.
The Currency of Fame 157. Piece in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Obv. : THN KPEITTΩ TA ΣYΓΓPAMMATA ΔEIΞEI : IMAGO AD VIVAm EFFIGIEm EXPRESSA
"His writings will present a better image: portrait executed from life"Rev. : OPA TEΛOΣ MAKPOY BIOY - MORS VLTIMA LINEA RERVm
Bust to left, wearing a cap and a coat with a fur collar.
In the field to the left, ER[asmus]; to the right, ROT[terdamensis] "Erasmus of Rotterdam".
Below, the date 1519.
"Consider the end of a long life - death is the ultimate limit of things"
On a rocky mound, a bust to left of the god Terminus, set upon a square base.
On the base: TERMINVS. (roman god "Boundary Stone").
In the field, the motto, to be thought of as spoken by the god: CONCEDO - NVLLI "I yield to no one".
Cast bronze medal 1518 by Hans Schwarz. Ø 53 mm.
Habich I,1 142; Kastenholz 39; Wettstreit in Erz 68c.
Obverse: Staatliche Münzsammlung, Munich Reverse: Cabinet des Médailles, Brusselles.
Obv.: ❀MAXIMILIAN·DE·BERGHES ÆTatis·ANNo·XXXV "... at the age of 35"
With the chain of the order of the Golden Fleece, which he received in 1516.
Coat of arms of the House of Glymes-Berghes: rising lion / three bars / three contoured diamonds.
Elevated inscriptions carved in the wooden model.
See a preliminary drawing for the medal by Hans Schwarz, width 178 mm, Staatsbibliothek Bamberg.
Maximilian von Berghes arrived at the Diet of Augsburg on October 16, 1518.
Teston n. d. (1496), piedfort of double weight. Ø 29 mm, 28,39 g. Delmonte 514.
Obv.: *kAROLus'·DVX·GELRIaƐ·IVL'iaci·ᗭOM'es·ƷVT'phaniae [ƷVT = ZVT]
"Charles, Duke of Guelders and Jülich, Count of Zutphen"
effigy in armor and with biretta to the left, circlets at the sides.
Rev.: ƐQVITAS·IVDI - CIA·TVA·DOMI'ne "Justice is your verdict, O Lord"
Coat of arms of Guelders and Jülich with a high crest.
Look at the portrait, painted 1528 by Jan Swart van Groningen, in the Historisch Museum Arnhem.
Florin n. d., Nijmegen ('Ridergulden'). Ø 24 mm, ca.3,2 g. Delmonte 620; Friedb.68.
Obv.: k'AROLVS◂DVX◂GᗺLRiae - IVLiaci◂ᗭomes◂ƷVtphaniae◂
The Duke with drawn sword and in full tournament armor riding to the right. In the exergue: ◂GᗺL◂.
Rev.: ✥ᙏONᗺta◂nOVA◂AVRᗺA◂DVᗭIS◂GᗺLRiae - flower cross with arms Guelders|Jülich.
Snaphaan n. d. Ø 36 mm, 7,48 g. Delmonte 516.
Obv.: kA - ROL∗DVX∗GELR∗IVL∗ - CO ƷV'
Armored Duke on horseback to the right. In the exergue: ◂GᗺL◂.
Rev.: ƐQVITAs - IVDIᗭ - IA·TVA - DOMIne "Justice is your verdict, O Lord"
Coat of arms on a flower cross.
Specimen of the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL (Inv. TMNK 07580).
Daalder o. J. (1544). Ø 40 mm, 28,33 g. Delmonte 568; Davenport 8576.
Obv.: (1) OSWALD'C (2) OMes·De·MON (3) Tes·DomiNuS·De·BIland (4) WISch·Z(=et)·HOmoet
"Oswald, Count of Bergh, Lord of Byland, Wisch and Homoet" - effigy with biretta to the left
arms in the legend: (1)=Bergh ; (2)=Egmond ; (3)=Culemborg ; (4)=Moers-Saarwerden.
Rev.: DomiNuS'PROTECTOR·VITE·MEE·A·QVO·TREPID - AB°
"God, defender of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?"
Twofold helmeted and quartered shield with the arms (1)-(4)
Daalder n. d. Ø 39 mm, 27,03 g. Delmonte 569; Davenport 8577.
Obv.: (pomegranate) GVIL·CO·D·MON·Z·DNS·D·BIL·HE·BOX·HO·Z·WIS
"Willem Count of Bergh and Lord of Byland, Hedel, Boxmeer, Homoet and Wisch"
"God, defender of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" - helmeted arms of Bergh.
Cast silver medal 1556 by J. Jonghelinck. Ø 52,2 mm, 32,79 g. v. Loon I p.44/1.
Obv.: VIGLIVS ZVICHEMVS PRÆSES SECreti.CONsilii.CÆSarea.Z REGiae·MAjestatis
"... Chairman of the Secret Council of the Emperor and Royal Majesty"
Bust with fur coar, in the arm truncation ÆT XLIX "at the age of 49".
Rev.: ·VITA·MORTALIVM·VIGILIA "The life of mortals is but a night watch"
Altar, on it hourglass, burning candle and open book,
attached the family arms (wheat sheaf), below cartouche with the engraved date 1556.
Cast silver medal n. d. by J. Jonghelinck. Ø 39,6 mm, 21,0 g. v. Loon I p.55/1.
Obv.: VIGLIVS ZVICHEMVS AB AYTA Iuris·Vtriusque·Doctor·
"Wigle Zwichem van Aytta, lawyer of both rights" - Bust right. In the truncation: ...?
Rev.: VITA MORTALI - VM VIGILIA
Quartered shield with arms of Ghent (lion) and Viglius Zuichemus (wheat sheaf),
on top Tiara with Inful, in the back a crosier.
Specimen of the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL - Inv. TMNK 00191.
Cast silver medal 1568 Ø 27,3 mm. v. Loon I p.55/2.
Obv.: VIGLIVS - AYTA A ZVICHEM·Vtriusque·Iuris·DOCtor - At the truncation: 1568.
Rev.: ·VITA MORTA - LIVM VIGILIA - Shield as before.
Cast silver medal n. d. (engraved 1571) by J. Jonghelinck. Ø 39,5 mm, 23,86 g.
v. Loon I S.43/1; Smolderen (Jonghelinck) 79.
Obv.: VIGLIVS ZVICHEMVS AB AYTA Iuris·Vtriusque·Doctor· Arm section: ÆT·LXV· "65 years old".
Rev.: VITA MORTA - LIVM VIGILIA (His motto as before).
Cast lead medal n. d. (1566) by J. Jonghelinck. Ø 36 mm, 29,69 g.
v. Loon I p.76/2; Armand II p.241 No.26.
Obv.: PHILIP:BARO DE MONTMORENCY COMES DE HORN
Bust to the right, Order of the Golden Fleece.
Rev.: WALBOVRG DE NVENAR CONTESSE DE HORN - Bust to the left.
Philipp married 1546 Anna Walburga of Neuenahr (1522-1600)
and received the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1555 (when Philip II was the Order's sovereign).
Specimen of the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL - Inv. TMNK 00177.
Cast silver medal 1565 (manufactured later). Ø 59,1 mm. v. Loon - (see I p.102).
Obv.: PHiLippVS·BARO·DE·MONTMORENCI∗Z·COMES·DE·HORN·ADMIRALLVS ZC.
At the truncation: 1565.
Neptune lies in a sea car, an angel with a palm branch holds a laurel wreath over a seated woman.
Silber medal n. d. (1568). cast from 17th century. Ø 62,3 mm, 53,88 g. v.Loon I p.102.
On the imprisonment of Philip of Montmorency and of Lamoral, Count of Egmont in 1567.
Bust of the Count of Hoorn to the right, similar to the previous obvers.
Bust of the Count of Egmond from the front.
Compere the uniface lead cast of the obverse at The Frick Collection, N. Y. shown in the web,
as well as a later uniface restrike of the obverse from Elsen, Brussels, Auct.129 no.1332 (6.2016).
11 years later on the occasion Spain offered peace, the following medal was issued as a warning, in order avoid the fate of the beheaded counts of Egmond and Hoorn.
Medal 1579 issued by the city of Dordrecht. Ø 35 mm, 15,45 g. v. Loon I p.275.
Obv.: ∗PRÆSTAT∗PVGNARE∗PRO∗PATRIA∗ ·15∗79· "It is better to fight for the homeland, ..."
Two riders and two men - dressed as Spaniards and Dutchmen - on foot in sword fighting.
Rev.: ∗QVAM∗SIMVLATA∗PACE∗DECIPI∗ "... than to be cheated by false peace"
Two dead bodies lying on the ground, whose heads are placed on stilts.
Portable bronze medal 1577 by Conrad Bloc, Antwerpen. Ø 40 mm? v. Loon I p.240,1.
On the marriage of William with Charlotte of Bourbon-Montpensier.
Obv.: GVILELmus·Dei·Gratia·PRinceps·AVRAICÆ·COmes·NASSAVIÆ·I577 - COEN·BLOC·Fecit
"William, by the grace of God Prince of Orange, Count of Nassau 1577 - made by Conrad Bloc"
Armored bust with high ruff to the right.
Rev.: CHARLOTTE·DE·BOVRBON·PRincesse·D AVRENGE·A·I577
Bust with hood, dress and large ruff to the left.
Gilden silver cast medal 1579 by Conrad Bloc. Ø 40 mm.
v. Loon I p.240,2(1577); Pinchart p.32.
Obv.: GVILELmus·Dei·Gratia·PRinceps·AVRAICÆ·COmes·NASSAV·I579 - CONR·BLOC·Fecit
Rev.: CHARLOTTE·DE·BOVRBON·PRincesse·D AVRENGE·I579· - Bust of Charlotte of Bourbon left.
Portable silver cast medal 1584 by Conrad Bloc. Ø 36,5 mm. v. Loon I p.343.
On William's death.
Obv.: ·GVILELmus·Dei·Gratia·PRinceps·AVRAicae·COmes·NASSaViae·ELECtus·COmes·HOLAndiae / FRISiae·ET·VTREGt - Ætatis·52·Ann·1584·
".... Prince of Orange, Count of Nassau, elected Count of Holland, Frisland and Utrecht
at the age of 52 in 1584" - Bust to the left.
Rev.: Female genius of freedom, illuminated by the light of heaven, with the Bible on her lap, holding
a sword with the hat of freedom. On both sides a lion with sword, they protect the
enclosure of the country, at the bottom a crowned shield.
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• Gerard van Loon : Beschryving der Nederlandsche Historipenningen
1st part 1723 (until 1603, 574 p.) and 2nd part (until 1733, 68 p.) - available online.
• Delmonte, A. : La Bénélux d'or & La Bénélux d'argent. Amsterdam 1964 & 1967.
• Teylers Museum in Harlem NL - coins and medals overview