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Collection: Rijksmuseum

Subjects

Place:

Netherlands

Content Type:

Museum Object

Recognition of the independence of the United States of America

by Johan George Holtzhey (Artist), 1726-1808
This is an image from Rijk_NG-VG-1-2846

A silver commemorative token in recognition of the independence of the United States of America by the States General of the Netherlands. On the front, lit by celestial light, the personification of the Netherlands (depicted as a helmeted woman) and the personification of America (depicted as a woman with a feather headdress, sword, and shield with thirteen stars) are shaking hands with each other above a burning altar. On the back, an exhausted unicorn with a chipped horn is lying at the foot of a steep rock.

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