England and the Dutch Republic in the age of Vermeer: Coins and medals from the 17th-cenutry

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Tue 4 October 2011 to Sun 1 April 2012

See fine examples of 17th-century English and Dutch coins and medals illustrating the great historic figures and naval wars of the period. In the 1650s the Dutch Republic came into conflict with Cromwell’s English Commonwealth, but the Dutch admired Cromwell and he proposed a political union of the two republics. The English and Dutch fought a series of three naval wars between the 1650s and the 1670s, but they had a common enemy in Louis XIV’s France, and in 1689 the two countries were united under William and Mary.

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