LOW COUNTRIES, Haarlem.
|Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 1227. Estimate $1500.
Closing Date: Monday, 7 January 2008.
Sold For $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
AR Halve daalder Klippe. Siege issue. Emission of 21 December 1572. City coat-of-arms; three stars stamp above; 1572 stamp below / Blank. NPM Ha 02; Gelder 5b; Delmonte, Argent
147; Mailliet 25. In an NGC slab graded XF 40.
In late 1572, the Spanish, commanded by Fernando Álvarez, Duke of Alba, besieged Haarlem. With nearly 20,000 troops, the Spanish assumed an easy victory, considering Haarlem had only 6,000 armed men. However, their two attempted assaults (one in December and the next in January of 1573) met with overwhelming resistance and resulted in considerable losses. In an attempt to taunt the Spanish soldiers, the well-supplied townspeople occasionally threw bread over the city walls and mounted statues plundered from Catholic churches on the ramparts. In July 1573, the Spanish were finally able to break the town’s supply line. With its food source gone, Haarlem was forced to surrender, thus ending the 10-month siege. The Spanish, hungry for vengeance, executed more than 1,700 of the town’s citizens.