1629 Heyn’s Victory at Matanzas Medal

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Diameter: 60.1 mm
Mintage/Proof: NA / NA
Weight: 80.1 grams
Metal: Silver
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History, Information, and Value of 1629 Heyn's Victory at Matanzas Medal

Value of 1629 Heyn’s Victory at Matanzas Medal

The legendary Dutch Naval hero, Peiter Heyn, is the focal point of this celebratory medal. The obverse features the bust of Heyn, in traditional dress of a ruff and chains over his armor. His title is inscribed in Latin circling his figure, “Pieter Heyn, the son of Pieter, Admiral of the United States of the Netherlands.” The reverse shows the Dutch capture of the Spanish ships at the battle of Matanzas with the year 1629 placed at the very base of the medal. Circling the battle is the Latin Inscription, “Pillaged Matanzas has lately felt the power of the nation of Heyn.” Unlike other commemorative medals celebrating this victory, this medal focuses on Heyn and his leadership that helped the Dutch win the victory over the Spanish.

The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Pet: Petri: Heinivs Foed Belg Ord Archithalass | and | Heiniad Nvp Sensit Spoliata Matanca.