Netherlands, Louis Napoleon, 1806-1810, Silver Medal 1807, in memory of the gunpowder ship disaster

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Netherlands. Louis Napoleon, 1806-1810. Silver Medal1807. In memory of the gunpowder ship disaster on January 12 and 50 years of the Freemason Lodge “La Vertu”; AR 49.0 mm; 28.84 g. By Wilno.
Obverse: VIRTUTIS SOCIIS FRATERNO MORE LIGATIS PROSPERA CONTINGIT CLAUDERE LUSTRA DECIM DIE 19 OCT. 5807, all-seeing eye in a halo, woman in draped robe and with sun on her chest, kneeling in front of altar, behind altar death with scythe stopped by a hand from the clouds //
Reverse: VIVAT LUDOVICUS NAPOLEON BENEFICUS HOLLANDIAE REX / DUM REPETET SUBITAM / TIBO, REX, TUA LEIDA RUINAM / REDDETUR GRATAE DEBITUS / URBIS AMOR. / VIRTUTIS NOMEN FRATRUM / LAUDESQUE MANEBUNT / DUM PIETAS MISERIS / DULCE LEVAMEN ERIT. / S.S.V.D.E.

Nahuys I 5.32; Bramsen 669; Kreeft 6; KPK 3859.

With original Eyelet. Mint State

Comment

The Leiden gunpowder disaster took place on January 12, 1807. 151 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. Approximately 220 homes were completely destroyed and declared uninhabitable. The bang was heard as far away as The Hague. King Louis Napoleon arrived after 5 hours and stayed for more than a day.

He had thousands of soldiers help rebuild the city, made 30,000 guilders available from his private assets for the disaster fund specially established for this purpose and granted the city tax exemption for a period of ten years. He also sent his personal physician to Leiden and had Huis ten Bosch Palace turned into an emergency hospital, earning him his nickname 'Louis the Good'.

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