Admiral Vernon, Porto Bello taken, 22nd November 1739, copper medal, issued by Edward Pinchbeck, an extremely rare variety
Obv: three-quarter length bust of Vernon facing part left, baton in hand, THE BRITISH GLORY REVIVD BY ADMIRAL VERNON (N reversed)
Rev: Six ships right, outside harbour, three galleons in harbour, HE TOOK PORTO BELLO WITH SIX SHIPS ONLY, in exergue NOV 22 1739 (N reversed)
Condition: Very fine for issue; Diameter: 37mm
Reference: Adams & Chao PBv 20-P (with rarity R7, meaning the authors estimate only between four and twelve examples of this variety exist); Betts -
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.