An exceptionally large and strikingly executed gold medal, now in the Danish National Museum, poses a deliberate and sophisticated riddle. It bears the date 1626. However, it was coined in 1691, and, by referencing an event of 1626 as well as a statue of that date, it comments on the Danish-Hanoverian conflict of its day, which saw both parties on the brink of war. Both the Latin inscription (quoted in the title) and the image prove that the medallist was aware of the latest developments in Hanoverian heraldry, which are unravelled in the article. The medallist, Anton Meybusch, produced this piece, of which only one contemporary copy exists, without commission, probably to present it to the Danish king. It successfully secured him a permanent position at court.
|Translated title of the contribution
|"White you are, red you will become if you continue in this way": On an anti-Hanoverian medal and the riddle its date poses.
|Title of host publication
|Deutungen, Bedeutungen. Beiträge zu Hannovers Stadt- und Landesgeschichte.
|Subtitle of host publication
|Festschrift für Waldemar R. Röhrbein zum 75. Geburtstag.
|Place of Publication
|Verlag des Historischen Museums, Hannover
|Number of pages
|Published - 2010