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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2406. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NETHERLANDS, Groningen. Dated 1672. AR 25 Styuivers Uniface Klippe (14.50 gm). IVRE ET TEMPORE 1672, crowned arms; 25 ST across field. Delmonte 737; Maillet pl. 44, 11; KM 26. VF. ($300)

In 1536, the city of Groningen passed into the hands of Charles V of Spain, and in the great wars of the sixteenth century suffered all the miseries of seige and military occupation. From 1581 onwards, Groningen, still held by the Spaniards, was constantly at war with the "Ommelanden," subjects from the Frisian Ommelande who lived between the Ems and Lauwers Zee and who hand declared against the king of Spain. In 1672, the town was beseiged by the Bishops of Cologne and Munster, and this coin was struck shortly thereafter to commemorate the successful defense of the city.