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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 51. Estimate CHF3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Netherlands - Germany, Juliers / Jülich. Medal (Silver, 51mm, 46.08 g 3), On the capture of the the fortress city of Jülich from the Imperial troops of emperor Rudolph II (1575-1612) by the allied forces of Brandenburg, the Palatinate and the Dutch, 1610. NIHIL INEXPUGNABILE View of the fortress of Jülich surrounded by firing cannons and the lines of the allied besiegers. Rev. IPSIS CALEND. / SEPTEMB.CIᴐIᴐCX. / SUIS ET SUBSIDIARYS /ARMIS IULIACUM. / EIUSQUE PROPUGNA- / CULUM MUNITISSI- / MUM PRINCIPIBUS / ADSERITUR POS- / SIDENTIBUS (= on the first of September 1610 the city of Juliers and its powerful citadel have come into the hands of its proper princes thanks to their forces and those of their allies) Exter I, 194. Van Loon II, pp. 71-72, I. A splendid and rare piece, beautifully toned and very well preserved. Extremely fine.

The so-called “War of the Jülich Succession” ran between 1609 and 1614 and involved France, the Dutch, Brandenburg, the Palatinate and the Empire, and was caused by the death without heirs of the Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, John William (1562-1609). His indirect heirs were the heirs of his two sisters, Anna, the Electress of Brandenburg and Wolfgang Wilhelm of the Palatinate (the former Protestant and the latter Catholic). Another problem was that both the French and the Dutch believed the lack of direct heirs would embolden the Empire to seize the duchy, thus strengthening its hold on the Southern Netherlands. This led to a war that resulted in the division of the duchy and the exclusion of the Empire. However, the clear Protestant - Catholic conflict involved is seen as a precursor of the Thirty Years War.