History, Information, and Value of 1702 Capture of American Treasure at Vigo Medal
Value of 1702 Capture of American Treasure at Vigo Medal
Designed by George Friederick Nurnberger, George Hautsch, and Martin Brunner, this medal commemorates the British, German, and Dutch victory over the Spanish at the port of Vigo. Obverse, Neptune on the left drives to the sea, in his hand is a list of captured Spanish galleons, and notated whether they were burnt, (inc”) sunk, (sv) or captured (occ). Three Nereids hold the crowned shields of the victors. Around the scene is written, Heaven fights for these. For the fleet of the enemy destroyed and the wealth of the Indies captured in the harbor at Vigo, October 22nd.” Reverse, is an aerial image of the Vigo fort. Nine ships line up to attack the vessels in the harbor; the only thing between the attacking ships is a fort and a double chain. Around the image is written, “And the confederate winds come to the call of the fleet”. This detailed medal commemorates the British and Dutch victory in what was supposedly a safe port for the Spanish and French ships.
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: His Militat Aether; Classem Hostivm Deletam | Gazasquve Indicas Ereptas | in Portv Ad Vigos | D. 22 Oct CIC ICCII; Naves Gall | Et Hisp | Le Fort in | Le Promt Oc | L’assure Oc | L’esperance S | Le Bourbon O | La Sirene Su | Le Solide Inc | Le Ferme Occ | Le Prudent Inc | Le Modere Occ | Le Superbe Sub | La Dauphine In | Le Voluntaire | Le Triton Occ | L’enflame Inc | L’enterpren In | Le Favori Inc | La Croquante I | 3 Corvettes In | 17 Caravelles In | 9 Galione Occ | 2 Galione Su. | and | Et Conivrati Venivnt Ad Classica Venti.