Honorary Medal Awarded by Frederick Henry to Piet Hein, anonymous, 1629

Honorary Medal Awarded by Frederick Henry to Piet Hein, anonymous, 1629

striking (metalworking), d 4.9cm × w 54.92gr More details

People who have performed a heroic deed or reached the end of a long career are sometimes awarded a medal as a token of esteem and gratitude. Often these are made of gold. Especially in the seventeenth century, gold medals with their chains were literally a reward. They were subsequently melted down and converted into money, which is why so few have survived.

On display in room 2.16

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