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Admiral Edward Vernon: Portobello

British
1739


Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.51

Medium or Technique

Metal; pinchbeck

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Edward Vernon (1684-1757), admiral of the British fleet.

Obverse: Vernon standing at center with sword in right hand and mace in his left and a canon at proper left and a ship at proper right; inscribed at edge in band “THE.BRITISH.GLO[ ]RV.ADMIRAL.VERNON.”.

Reverse: Multiple ships at a harbor; inscribed in band at edge “HE·TOOK·PORTO·BELLO·WITH·SIX·SHIPS·ONL·” and in exergue a cross and “NOV·22·1739”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge in band "THE.BRITISH.GLO[ ]RV.ADMIRAL.VERNON.".

Reverse: Inscribed in band at edge "HE·TOOK·PORTO·BELLO·WITH·SIX·SHIPS·ONL·" and in exergue "NOV·22·1739".

Provenance

By 1929, Henry B. Thomas; 1929, gift of Henry B. Thomas to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 3, 1929)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry B. Thomas