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Battle of Nieuport medal: CM.YG.3319-R

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Battle of Nieuport medal


Issuer: Dutch Republic
Maker: Gheyn, Jacob III de




Fort St. Andrew was named after the Cardinal of that name, by whom it had lately been built to command the rivers Meuse and Waal. After considerable resistance it was reduced by Prince Maurice in sight of the enemy's army. He then undertook the siege of Nieuport, hoping to capture it before the Archduke Albert could bring to its relief his army, which was in a state of mutiny. He was disappointed in this, and compelled to a battle in the open field against a superior force. His order was arranged under the advice of Sir Francis Vere, who commanded 1,500 English troops, which were placed in the forefront of the battle, and which contributed mainly to the success. Having sustained a most arduous conflict, for a length of time with variable fortune, Prince Maurice was upon the point of retiring, when he perceived a wavering on the part of the enemy, and immediately charging with his cavalry drove them from their position in great confusion. He then brought forward his centre line, completed the defeat, and converted the battle into a disorderly flight. Of the 1,500 English, 800 were killed or wounded. Vere himself was severely wounded, and scarcely an officer remained unhurt. The Spaniards left 3,000 men dead upon the field, abandoned all their baggage, cannon and ammunition, and 130 standards, and lost a very great number of prisoners. This medal was struck in gold and silver for distribution among the officers of the States and of the Army according to their rank.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1936) by Young, Arthur W.


Production date: AD 1600

Components of the work

Object composed of silver Diameter 54 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 51.78 g

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.YG.3319-R
Primary reference Number: 226557
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Created: Wednesday 27 February 2019 Updated: Monday 29 July 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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