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Holland rivals Spain for the New World


Object Place: The Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Betts 21. Van L. I, 548.


Diameter and weight: 52 mm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





Circular medal commemorating Hollands pursuit of Spain in colonization efforts, alluding to the combat in 1601 when two Dutch ships drove the Spanish ashore at St. Helena. Beaded rim on both faces.

Obverse: The Spanish galleon San Jago off of St. Helena in 1601 between two Dutch warships at sea in beaded circle; inscribed at edge “POSSVNT QVAE POSSE VIDENTVR·16·MARTY·1602” [“They are able to do what seems to be possible”].

Reverse: The horse of Philip II of Spain leaping from a globe (the New World), being pursued by the lion of Dutch Zeeland leaping from the sea behind; inscribed on two ribbons “NON SVFFICIT ORBIS” [“One world does not suffice”], castle mark of Tournay, and “QUO SALTVS INSEQVAR” [“Whither thou leapest I will follow”].


Obverse: Inscribed at edge "POSSVNT QVAE POSSE VIDENTVR·16·MARTY·1602" ["They are able to do what seems to be possible"].

Reverse: Inscribed on two ribbons "NON SVFFICIT ORBIS" ["One world does not suffice"] and "QUO SALTVS INSEQVAR" ["Whither thou leapest I will follow"].


Reverse: The castle mark of Tournay is between the two inscribed ribbons.


By 1915, Henry Chapman; 1915, sold by Henry Chapman to the MFA for $20.00. (Accession date: April 1, 1915)

Credit Line

Museum purchase by exchange from the sale of duplicate coins