Naarden Siege medal 1814
(Beloningspenning van Naarden 1814)
Instituted 1816
Amount issued

Appr. 900

Value category Next to Rare
Ribbon

During the Napoleonic era (1795 – 1814) Naarden was captured without a fight by the French General MacDonald. The French occupiers didn’t do much to strengthen Naarden. They just built a bombproof hospital in one of the bastions. The garrison was strengthened and prepared for a long siege. Dutch troops and irregulars commanded by General Krayenhoff (later the planner of the New Dutch Water Line) lay siege to Naarden and commenced bombarding the town. The French commander, General Guétard de la Porte, notwithstanding the heavy shelling, didn’t surrender. Only after Napoleon had abdicated, De la Porte did surrender Naarden on 12 May 1814 and left town with military honors with 1100 men. After Napoleon had lost the Battle of Leipzig, October 1813, the Kingdom of Holland did choose for the House of Orange again. French troops withdrew everywhere, except from Naarden. The garrison was strengthened and prepared for a long siege. Dutch troops and irregulars commanded by General Krayenhoff (later the planner of the New Dutch Water Line) lay siege to Naarden and commenced bombarding the town. The French commandant, General Guétard de la Porte, notwithstanding the heavy shelling, didn’t surrender. Only after Napoleon had abdicated , De la Porte did surrender Naarden on 12 May 1814 and left town with military honors with 1100 men.

On the obverse "Beleg van Naarden 1814" (Naarden Siege 1814). On the reverse "Hulde van de hoofcommissie te Amsterdam aan.."(Grace from the Highcommission at Amsterdam to..) The medal displayed left was awarded to J.J. Mentz. Medals were originally designed not to wear, later the ribbon was provided, which explains the puncture in the medal for wear. Medals with original ribbon are rare!