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Louis XIV: Battle off Beachy Head

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Circular medal of Louis XIV (1638-1715), king of France, commemorating the Battle off Beachy Head. Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XIV looking to proper left, with long curly hair and wearing a cuirass and cloak by Coysevox; inscribed at edge "INVICTISSIMVS LVDOVICVS MAGNVS". Reverse: Louis...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge "INVICTISSIMVS LVDOVICVS MAGNVS. Reverse: Inscribed at edge "MATURATE FUGAM: ILLI IMPERIUM PELAGI" ("Speed your flight; to him belongs the empire of the sea"; Smeltzing invokes Virgil's Aenead I 141-42), on marine oar, and in exergue "PVGNA AD BEVES.ANG./BAT. Q.VNA FVG./D.X.IVL.1690" ("Action off Beachy Head England and Holland United, put to flight 10 July 1690").


By 1973, Cyril Humphris, London; 1973, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: November 14, 1973)

Credit Line

Anna Augusta Chapin Fund

Dutch, 1690

Object Place

The Netherlands


Coin or medal: 73 mm, 12h, 4 mm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver




Numismatics, Medals