Cartagena Captured Medal

Approximate Current Value: $

Diameter: 41.2 mm
Mintage/Proof: NA / NA
Weight: 31.0 grams
Metal: Bronze
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History, Information, and Value of 1697 Cartagena Captured Medal

Value of 1697 Cartagena Captured Medal

This medal commemorates the French victory over the Spanish at the port city of Columbia in 1697. Obverse features Louis, XIV, written around his bust is his Latin title which translates to, “Louis, the Most Christian King”. Under the image of his bust signed the artist, J. Mavger F. Reverse depicts a woman reclining at the base of a palm tree. She is surrounded by urns of Spanish gold. The Latin wording around the figure translates “The treasure of the Spaniards carried away; the American Carthage taken by storm, 1697.” After the capture, the French gained more than $100 million in silver and gold from the Spanish treasure fleets, making this medal a truly celebratory one.