History, Information, and Value of 1782 Holland Receives John Adams as Envoy Medal
Value of 1782 Holland Receives John Adams as Envoy Medal
This medal commemorates John Adam’s visit to Holland. On the obverse depicted is an Indian Queen on the right wearing armor, headdress, and a shield with thirteen stars. Behind her is a lion, which she steps on with her left foot. To the left is another woman as Holland, wearing armor and holding a staff topped by the hat of freedom. Between them is a burning altar and above them shines the sun. The legend reads, “A Free Sister” and in exergue, “acknowledged by solemn decree April 19, 1782.” The reverse depicts a barren landscape with a large rock at the left. In the forefront lies a unicorn with a crown around its neck and its horn broken by the rocks. The legend reads, “Tyranny repelled by valor under the auspices of France” and the artist’s signature at the bottom right, I.G. Holtzhey Fec.
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Libera Soror; Solemni Decr. Agn 19 Apr. MDCCLXXXII | and | Tyrannis Virtute Repulsa; Sub Galli Auspiciis.