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Holland rivals Spain for the New World

Circular medal commemorating Hollands pursuit of Spain in colonization efforts, alluding to the combat in 1601 when two Dutch ships drove the Spanish ashore at St. Helena. Beaded rim on both faces. Obverse: The Spanish galleon San Jago off of St. Helena in 1601 between two Dutch warships at...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge "POSSVNT QVAE POSSE VIDENTVR·16·MARTY·1602" ["They are able to do what seems to be possible"]. Reverse: Inscribed on two ribbons "NON SVFFICIT ORBIS" ["One world does not suffice"] and "QUO SALTVS INSEQVAR" ["Whither thou leapest I will follow"].


Reverse: The castle mark of Tournay is between the two inscribed ribbons.


By 1915, Henry Chapman; 1915, sold by Henry Chapman to the MFA for $20.00. (Accession date: April 1, 1915)

Credit Line

Museum purchase by exchange from the sale of duplicate coins

Dutch, 1602

Object Place

The Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Betts 21. Van L. I, 548.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver




Numismatics, Medals