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Obv. Facade of the Stadhuis, in exergue STADHUIS TE AMSTERDAM DE EERSTE STEEN GELEGD 20 JAN: 1648 INGEWYD 29 July 1655. JAC: VAN CAMPEN BOUWMEESTER A. QUELLIUS BEELDHR.
Rev. Interior view.
|Maten||59.4 mm, 93 gr.|
|referentie||Dirks 675; van Hoydonck 64; Reinecke 64; Forrer VI p.487; Weiss BW679|
|Kwaliteit||Edge knick on reverse, otherwise Extremely fine|
|Extra||The architect of this building was Jakob van Kampen (Jacob van Campen), who was born in Haarlem in 1595. After his education in painting and architecture, van Kampen established himself in Amsterdam where he built the Stadhuis at the Dam (nowadays the Royal Palace). The laying of the foundation for this building took place in 1648, the year of the Peace of Munster and Westphalen, marking the end of the eighty years war. The building was opened in 1655 but was not completed until 10 years later. The Stadhuis is considered to be van Kampen’s masterpiece. It was at that time the largest building of its kind and was regarded by many as one of the most important buildings in the world. It demonstrated the supremacy of Amsterdam in Holland, the most influential province of the Nether-lands. This medal is considered to be more rare that those in Wiener’s cathedral series.|