James II, Birth of Prince James 1688, Dutch satirical silver medal by Jan Smeltzing, rare
Obv: Naked Truth standing on a snake, opens the door in a plinth to reveal a Jesuit priest supports Prince James on a cushion, who crowns himself
Rev: Trojan Horse, Troy burning in the distance
Condition: Extremely fine; Diameter: 56mm
Reference: MI I i 630/52; E 291; vL III/345; C-P 50/6
Notes: struck in the Protestant Netherlands as a warning, prescient as it happened when one thinks of the Jacobite troubles to come. Prince James became known to history as ‘The Old Pretender’.