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Reference:4182 Floods in Holland, 1953

A solitary house almost submerged by a large swathe of water, its source flowing in from the edge of the medal. The edge is dated: 1 February 1953. Two figures stem the flow of water, running over the edge and onto the other side of the medal, by putting into place the last remaining section of dyke, which forms the raised border of the medal. By I.J. Pieters (signed and dated 'IJP 6 NOV. '53). Bronze, cast. 108 mm. (4.3 inches) in diameter.

Condition: Nearly extremely fine.

Notes: An ingenious medallic representation of the 1953 floods, which also affected much of the eastern coast of England. It is presumed that a number of examples of this important post-war medal were cast, small though it may be, but only two have been noted. The medal formed the centre-piece of an exhibition on contemporary medallic art at the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1955, 'European Medals, 1930 to 1955.

References: Illustrated London News, 18 June, 1955 (page 1105).