Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF UTRECHT

DRAPPENTIER, Jan:  The Netherlands,  1736,  Silver,   64 mm
Obv:
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 TEMPLUM SAPIENTIAE.
Exergue:
MONTRIS. DOMITIS. ARTES. RECEPTAE.  
Rev:
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 founding.

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