DUTCH REVOLT (Nederlandse Opstand), Low Countries. Schoonhoven. Besieged by the Spanish under the command of Gilles van Berlaymont, 11-24 August 1575. Tin 6 Stuiver Klippe (31x31mm, 22.94 g). Later strike. Dated 1575. Large retrograde S; VI (mark of value) above; 1575 below; all within linear circular border / Blank. P&W Sc 02; Gelder, Noodmunten, 66; Mailliet 2 = Van Loon I, p. 206; Lasser 1107; CNM 2.40.4. In NGC encapsulatio32, graded XF 45. Some corrosion.
Ex Archer M. Huntington Collection, ANS 1001.1.9375 (Numismatica Genevensis SA VII, 27 November 2012), lot 504.
On 28 June 1575, between 8,000 and 10,000 Spanish troops under the command of Gilles van Berlaymont, stadhouder for the Spanish crown, successfully captured the town of Buren; on 7 August the capture of Oudewater followed. The Spanish then turned their attention to the Protestant-held Catholic city of Schoonhoven. Assisted by its pro-Spanish mayors, Aart van Gerritse and Gerrit van Couwenhoven, who had been forced to flee, van Berlaymont was able to force the defenders, composed of French, Walloons, English, and Scots, to surrender after a thirteen-day siege. This garrison was then allowed to leave with its baggage and weapons. Among those who left with them were ten of Schoonhoven's citizens; the remainder received their Spanish liberators with great joy. Now, van Berlaymont moved next to Woerden.