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This is logical because many Dutch medals are as much silversmiths’ work as they are numismatic. Their sale of May 7 was just such an occasion, when all 26 lots fulfilled this criterion. All but three lots sold. The rest were a great success; they sold for about double the estimates. To illustrate this observe only the Peace of Westphalia (1648) that made NG4000 (£1200); the estimate was NG1500-2000.

It is a shame to carp but it seems that saving the expense of illustrating what are essentially monochrome objects in colour would be outweighed by illustrating them actual size. Medal wallahs would be less confused.

Exchange rate: £1 = NG3.33