n Historia - Commemorative family medals during the DEIC period

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



An interesting phenomenon found in earlier centuries in the Netherlands and areas within her sway of influence was the custom of producing commemorative medals (familiepenningen) to record family events, from the cradle to the grave. Most extant medals relate to weddings and wedding anniversaries although a fairly large number were made as gifts for family and friends who participated in the last rites of a loved one. The practice seems to have been typically Dutch, with a more limited usage in the protestant cities of Northern Germany. A study of these medals is of importance far beyond the closed circle of medal collectors. Art historians, iconographers, genealogists and heralds can all benefit from such investigation.

Daar is 'n interessante tradisie wat in vroeër eeue in Nederland en Nederlandse kolonies voorgekom het. Dit was die gebruik om gedenkpennings (familiepenningen) uit te gee om familiegebeure, van die wieg tot die graf, te vier. Meeste pennings hou verband huwelike en huweliksherdenkings. Daar is ook heelwat wat betrekking het op begrafnisse, waar dit amper as rougeld gedien het. Die praktyk is tipies Nederlands, maar die gebruik word ook in 'n mate in die Protestante stede van Noord-Duitsland gevind. Navorsing oor hierdie pennings is interdissiplinêr. Dit vereis kundigheid in kunsgeskiedenis, ikonografie, genealogie en heraldiek.

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