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Ref: 3077

Admiral Vernon, Porto Bello taken, 22nd November 1739, copper medal, issued by Edward Pinchbeck

 

Obv: full-length Admiral Vernon standing left holding baton, canon at feet, ship behind, legend around THE BRITISH GLORY REVIV’D BY ADMIRAL VERNON

Rev: six British ships enter Porto Bello harbour, legend around HE TOOK PORTO BELLO WITH SIX SHIPS ONLY, in exergue NOV 22 1739

 

Condition: Good very fine for issue, some cabinet wear to reverse; Diameter: 40mm

References: Pbvi 5-E; MI ii 538/121; Betts 221

Notes: Porto Bello lay on the eastern Panama coast and was said to be a centre for Spanish raids on British mercantile shipping in the region. Vernon had declared in the House of Commons that he could take Porto Bello with six ships, and in this he was successful.

 

Price £225

Porto Bello medal

Porto Bello medal

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