During the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, the British and Dutch were drawn
into the American War of Independence at the Battle of the Dogger Bank
on Aug. 5, 1781.
A silver medal from the Dutch side of the war (and issued before
that battle) was sold recently in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Nov. 5 to
10 auction, realizing $2,585, with a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
The medal commemorates the arrival of Jacob Van der Wint and his
sailboat De Roode Roos (the Red Rose) where the Dutch fishing
fleet lay unaware that England had just declared war on the
Netherlands. According to the auction house,” Van de Wint (also
spelled Van de Windt) was something of a Dutch Paul Revere, letting
the fishermen know that the British were coming and allowing them to
return safely to port in January 1781.”
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The obverse of this medal shows Wint’s cutter. The reverse reflects
that Wint left the Netherlands on Dec. 29, 1780, and safely returned
Jan. 11, 1781, after carrying his message. The Battle of the Dogger
Bank took place in the North Sea later in 1781.
The silver Escape of the Dutch Fishing Fleet medal is recorded as
Betts 574, as cataloged by C. Wyllys Betts in American Colonial
History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals. Graded “Choice About
Uncirculated,” the medal has a provenance to the John W. Adams Collection.