Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
DEATH OF ADMIRAL MAARTEN HARPERTZOON TROMP
MÜLLER, Wouter: The Netherlands, 1653, Silver, 75 mm
Maarten Harpertzoon Tromp (1597-1653), was Lieutenant-Admiral of the Dutch fleet and was chiefly responsible for the Netherlands' naval victories during the 17th century. Tromp's destruction of the Spanish armada at the Battle of the Downs in 1639 effectively ended Spanish sea power.
Depicted on the reverse of this medal is the Battle of Texel (also known as the Battle of Scheveningen or the Battle of Ter Heijde), the naval battle between the Dutch and English forces, in which the Dutch were trying to break an English blockade off the Dutch coast. This was the final naval battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War. It took place on 8–10 August 1653 between the fleets of the Commonwealth of England and the United Provinces. In this battle, both countries incurred heavy losses, with Tromp being mortally wounded and dying August 10, 1653.
The medal consists of two embossed plates, chased, and soldered together, with a ring for suspension.
LINK to another medal of the Battle of Texel and Death of Admiral Tromp by P. van Abeele (from National Maritime Museum)