ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT
DRAPPENTIER, Jan: The Netherlands, 1736, Silver, 64 mm
Pallas Athena (Athena; Minerva), holding the arms of the City of Utrecht,
seated in the university's Great Hall; at her feet are attributes of
Astronomy, Theology, Law, Botany, Pharmacy and Chemistry, as well as some
coins; on the left is standing the figure of Hercules with lionís skin,
holding a sheaf of arrows on multi-headed monster. ATRIUM LIBERTATIS
MONTRIS. DOMITIS. ARTES. RECEPTAE.
Sun bearing the arms of Utrecht between laurel branches; below: Neptune
reclining among reeds beside river with flying swan; cityscape in
background. SOL IUSTITIAE ILLUSTRA NOS.
On banner: PRIMIS. ACADEMIAE. TRAIECTINAE SACRIS. SAECULARIBUS. A.D. XXVII.
MARTII MDCCXXXVI CELIBRATIS VOTISQUE. PRO. NOVI. SAECULI FELICITATE.
NUNCUPATIS CONSULES. ET. SENATORES. EIUS. CURATORES. LAETI. PESTI. MEMORIAM
HOC. MONUMENTO. CONSECRARUNT.
Signed: I. DRAP: F.
Ref: Van Loon 104; Pietersen 63
The University of Utrecht was founded in 1636 in Utrecht,
the Netherlands. The university is noted for its library, which is based on
collections brought together in 1581. The public library was soon enriched
by books bequeathed by the historian Arnoldus Buchelius . Among the
manuscripts is the famous Utrecht Psalter, which contains the oldest text of
the Athanasian creed. The medal commemorates the 100th anniversary of its