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Southern Netherlands. Breda. 20 Stuiver siege coin 1625; 5.00 g; 21.0 mm.
Obverse: .BREDA . OBSES . 1625, city crest, value above, rosette underneath // Reverse: blank.
vGH 230a; Delm. 323; Vanhoudt 679.
Exceptionally sharply struck specimen; Extremely Fine
During the Eighty Years' War, Breda was besieged in 1624 and 1625 by Spanish troops led by Ambrogio Spinola. The conquest of Breda would provide the Spaniards with a base to more easily conquer other States cities. Spinola surprised by besieging the city late in the season. Prince Maurits, and later his successor Frederik Hendrik, came to Breda's aid. However, their efforts came to naught and the city had to surrender after an 11-month siege on June 2, 1625 due to hopelessness and lack of food.