Medal commemorating the conquest of Naarden and expulsion of the French from Utrecht in 1673
Silver, 1673

During the Franco-Dutch War (1672-78), the rural areas of Holland were defenceless against the invading French, and succumbed to their advances. In 1678, William of Orange succeeded in forming the first coalition against France, composed of the United Provinces, Spain, the emperor, the duke of Lorraine, and several of the imperial princes, who deserted Louis XIV of France. William recovered Naarden, and with the imperial army took Bonn. By 1674, the French abandoned Holland completely.


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