History, Information, and Value of 1781 Escape of the Dutch Fishing Fleet Medal
Value of 1781 Escape of the Dutch Fishing Fleet Medal
On December 20,1780, England declared war on Holland and eight days later, Van der Wint sailed out to collect the Dutch fishing fleet to rescue them from the British. This medal commemorates the Dutch success against the English. Obverse features a small cutter sailing to the left. The legend reads, “For the safety of ships and the people – Jacob Van der Wint.” The reverse legend states, “Dec. 29, 1780, sailed from Vlaarding in order to communicate the state of war to the fleet, and to recall the same; safely returned Jan. 11, 1781.”
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Ter Beveyliging Van Schepen En Volk; Oacob Van Der | Wint | and | 1780 | Den 29 Dec : | Van | Vlaarding | Uyt Gezeilt | Om Onse Vloot Van |. Den Oorlog Kennis | te Geven . En Op Te | Ontbiedge. | Behoude Binne | Gekoomen | Den XI Jan : 1781 .