Charles II, Naval Reward and the Battle of Lowestoft 1665, large silver medal by John Roettier
Obv: draped and laureate bust of Charles II right
Rev: two dominant British ships in a fierce naval battle, Charles II as a Roman general on the foreshore
References: MI i 503/139; E 230; vL II/504
Condition: Good very fine, reverse better, minor marks in obverse field; Diameter: 62mm
Notes: The reverse appears to be loosely based on the painting ‘The Battle of Lowestoft’ by Hendrik van Minderhout (circa 1665). The battle took place on 13th June 1665, some 40 miles off Lowestoft and was a decisive English victory over the Dutch fleet. These medals were given as ‘naval rewards’ to those English officers of captaincy rank or above who distinguished themselves in the battle, and were also intended as presentation medals for any similar purpose afterwards.