Speaking of Breda medals and Kuenker, past NBS President John W. Adams has a nice consignment in one of their upcoming sales. I asked him for more information, and his comments are below. Thanks, and good luck!
There are eight Breda medals in a total consignment of 79 so-called Pax in Nummis medals. The common theme is the commemoration of peace treaties, beginning in 1596 and extending to 1748, that have to do with the Western Hemishere. Kuenker devotes 46 pages to the 79 medals, giving the usual metrological data plus historical background plus exhaustive references plus translation of the mottoes plus images of each piece. The catalogue will become a reference work in itself, so all kudos to the House of Kuenker. There are a limited number of offprints of just my consignment, which is being sold at 5am EST on June 17th.
Why Germany? For some reason, peace treaty medals were omitted by Betts and, largely as a result, have not been widely collected on this side of the Atlantic. Ford had a handful and LaRiviere none. In contrast, peace treaty medals are accorded all due respect in Europe, with many fine collections, both individual and institutional.
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