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  • Armada medals


  • These medals vividly display the rejoicing which spread all over Protestant Europe when Philip II's threatened conquest of England came to grief. They are a 16th century propaganda medium, for the smaller ones, especially the one on copper, circulated widely among the people and spread the news even among the illiterate. The 50 mm. medal shows a lively scene of a Spanish galleon breaking up on a rock, with a galley and several other galleons in the background. Above this is the legend "Veni Vide Vive. 1588," and in the border around "Tu Magnus Deus et Magna Facis. Tu Solus Deus." The reverse shows the Pope, the Emperor, Philip II and various prelates and noblemen, all seated blindfolded, with their feet resting on a bed of spikes, a legend above "O Coecas Hominum Mentes O Pectora Coeca," and one in the border around "Durum Est Contra Stimulos Calcitrare." This is of course a sneer at the disappointment of Philip's and the Pope's hopes for the conquest of England. The 30 mm. medals (on silver and copper) show on the obverse a Spanish galleon striking a rock and breaking, with legend in the surrounding border "Hispani Fugiunt Et Periunt Nemine Sequente"; on the reverse, a man, woman, boy and girl, on their knees praying. Below them is the date 1588, and the legend in the border "Homo Proponit Deus Disponit."


  • Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • 1588.


  • -  Armada, 1588
  • -  Drake, Francis,--approximately 1540-1596
  • -  Commemorative medal


  • -  Three medals, two on silver, one on copper, commemorating the defeat of the Spanish Armada. 50, 30, and 30 mm. diameter (the second and third are cut from the same die). In a cloth drop case with tie.
  • -  Fernández Duro, La Armada Invencible , I, pp. 217-218; (50 mm. medal) Van Loon, I, 384.1.
  • -  drakenew


  • 3 medals ; 30 mm-50 mm.


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  • 2021699441

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