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CNG 91, Lot: 1677. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOW COUNTRIES, Rotterdam (Stad). AR Medal (61mm, 76.03 g, 12h). Commemorating the Opening of the Rotterdam Stock Exchange. By M. Holtzhey. Dated 1736 in Roman numerals. DIVITIAS HVC TERRA SVAS HVC TRANSTVLIT VNDA (thither their treasures both land and sea brought), civic deity of Rotterdam seated slightly right on bales and rolls of merchandise, cradling cornucopia, resting arm upon coat-of-arms, and being crowned by Mercury flying left, holding winged caduceus; behind her, partial statue of Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus right; at her feet, overturned urn, inscribed MOSA (river Maas), from which liquid flows; to right, putto seated left against powder keg, holding herring; cityscape of Rotterdam and River Maas in background; in two lines in exergue, M : HOLTZHEY · FECIT ·/ROTTERDAMVM / AD PERMVTANDAS VRBIS ET ORBIS OPES (that the resources of both city and world may be exchanged), view from above of the Rotterdam stock exchange; in five lines in exergue, BYRSA A FVNDAMENTIS ADIFICATA/MAGNIFICE/AD COMMODA MERCATORVM/PROMOVENDA/MDCCXXXVI (a stock exchange magnificently built from the ground up in 1736). Van Loon supp., pp. 107-8. EF, attractively toned.