Circular silver medal, commemorates the deliverance of the City of Hamburg from plague, rainbow on reverse, German, possibly 1714
This silver medal commemorates Hamburg’s escape from a plague epidemic in 1714. A flying angel is engraved, armed with a shield protecting the city. The angel indicated the engraver’s intention to show Hamburg as a place looked after by God. At this time, plague was often viewed as a divine punishment. The reverse depicts a peaceful country complete with a rainbow. The rainbow is a Christian and Hebrew symbol of God’s promise being kept to the faithful. The inscription is in Latin.
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