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Holland Society Medal

Object Number: 
INV.4319
Date: 
1918
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "W & H. CO."
Description: 
Bronze struck enlarged replica of the first medal or coin first issued in the Netherlands in 1872 to commemorate the Treaty of Commerce between Holland and the United States, with obverse showing standing allegorical figure of America, holding American flag in her left hand and presenting laurel branch to seated figure of Holland, at right, with shield bearing Dutch coat of arms and pole surmounted by Phrygian cap; legend above: "PRESENTED BY THE HOLLAND SOCIETY OF NEW YORK JANUARY 1918/EN DEXTRA FIDESQUE"; inscription in exergue: "DEN. 7 OCTOBER./1782/I:V:B." Reverse contains inscription with laurel and palm branches flanking caduceus below: "Heil, vrijgestreen/Amerikaan!/Gansch Neerland neemt/uw vriendschap aan./Gods gunst vereen/twee vrije landen,/tot weerzyds nut,/door vaste banden!" ["Hail to you America who has fought out your freedom. All Netherlands accepts your friendship. God's grace unite two free lands to mutual good through solid ties."
Gallery Label: 
The Holland Society of New York is composed of direct descendants in the male line of first Dutch settlers who lived in American colonies under Dutch rule before or during 1675. Founded in 1885 as a fraternal organization, the Holland Society has grown into a nation-wide membership with its headquarters and library in New York City. The Holland Society collects books and records pertaining to the lives of Dutch families who settled in the Dutch colonial territory before 1675.
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Creative: Tronvig Group