The 1690 Battle of Boyne in modern-day Ireland was a turning point in
King James I’s failed attempt to reclaim the throne.
A silver medal honoring the event shows the victorious King William
and realized £6,240 ($9,642 U.S.), nearly double its low estimate of
£3,500, during the Sept. 23 auction by A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. in London.
The battle ensured the Protestant ascendancy over Catholics, who
were led by ousted King James, the father of Queen Mary, William’s wife.
Dutch artist Jan Luder created the 1690 medal, depicting William on
the obverse. He also appears on the reverse, mounted on horseback with
sword drawn, chasing two small figures representing James II and
Lauzun (Armand Louis du Gontaut, the French commander), with two other
fighters already fallen.
The medal measures 57 millimeters in diameter and is in Extremely
Fine condition, according to Baldwin’s.
For full results of the sale, visit the auction firm’s website.