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Prussia, Frederick the Great, medal 'Battle of Prague'

Prussia, Frederick the Great, medal 'Battle of Prague'



Prussia, Frederick the Great, medal 'Battle of Prague'

Date: 1757

Large circular bronze medal struck for Frederick II the Great of Prussia (1717-1786) to commemorate the Prussian victory over the Austrians at the Battle of Prague on 6 May 1757. This commemorative medal was designed by the renowned Dutch medallist and mint master Johann Georg Holtzhey (1729-1808).

Obverse: Armoured bust of Frederick to right.
Legend: FRIDERICVS MAGN. D.G. REX BORVSS.FL. BRAND. DVX SILES ET.
Reverse: Winged personification of Victory at centre kicking the crown off the head of a kneeling Austrian Empress Maria Theresia with lightning bolts extending over kneeling Empress Maria Theresia of Austria with tumbling crown. Shield with inscription 'VICTORIA FRIDERI / CI MAGN. ALBISIL and MOLDA on spolia.
Legend: FAMA. PRUDENTIA ET VIRTVTE.
In exergue: AVSTIR. EXERC. PROPE. PRAG. EVNDIT / CÆSO ET PRAGA OBSESSA / VI MAJI MDCCLVII.

Diameter: 48 mm
Weight: 36,75 grams

Olding 604b; Henck 1620

Article code: 15-3804

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Frederick II the Great (1740-1786), King of Prussia was a patron of the French filosopher Voltaire and an advocate of Enlightened Despotism as a form of government. The Battle of Prague on 6 May 1757 during the Seven Years' War was inconclusive, but resulted in the loss of 26.000 lives in one single day between the armies of Austria and Prussia. Prussian propaganda portrayed the battle as a victory for Frederick.

The medallist Johann Georg Holtzhey (1729-1808), medallist and mint master of Utrecht received numerous prestigious commissions from the Teylers Stichting. In 1782 he was commissioned to design two medals by John Adams (2nd President of the United States), celebrating the Dutch acknowledgement of the Independence of the Thirteen Colonies (19 April 1782) and a trade treaty between the Netherlands and the United States (8 October 1782).

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