Collection of Benjamin Weiss
ACCESSION OF FREDERICK III OF DENMARK
DADLER, Sebastian: Denmark, 1648, Silver, 48 x 58 mm
Frederick III (1609-1670), King of Denmark and Norway (1648-1670), was the son and successor of Christian IV. This medal commemorates the accession of Frederick III to the throne in 1648. It also commemorates the treaty establishing the Peace of Westphalia (1648), one of the most important and far reaching treaties in European history. It was actually a series of treaties, begun in 1642, held in cities of Westphalia (a province of Prussia, Germany), among the states involved in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). The peace established the virtual autonomy of the German states, created equality between Protestants and Catholics, and diminished the authority of the Holy Roman Empire. It also established the ascendancy of France and the Netherlands, increased the power of Sweden in northern Europe and led to the decline of Spain.
The Treaty of Westphalia was passed and concluded at Munster in Westphalia, the 24th Day of October, 1648.
LINK to Frederick III of Denmark (from wikipedia)
For more on the Peace of Westphalia, see World History by Alexander Ganse.
The Treaty of Westphalia itself can be found at the Link to the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.