Sir Sidney Smith, President of the Reunion of the Knights of the White Slaves of Africa 1816, bronze medal by Thomas Webb, scarce
Obv: bust of Smith right, WILLIAM SIDNEY SMITH around
Rev: PRESIDENT OF THE REUNION OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE SLAVES IN AFRICA within oak wreath
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 54mm
Reference: BHM 920; E –
Notes: Admiral Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840) had a long and distinguished navel career from 1777 to 1814. After Napoleon’s final defeat he moved to Paris for the remainder of his life, where he took up the cause against the European slave trade conducted by the Barbary pirates (an historical phenomenon little-remembered today). His “Society of Knights” petitioned European leaders at the Congress of Vienna and eventually action was taken when a large naval force was sent under the command of Sir Edward Pellew (Lord Exmouth) in 1816 which resulted in widescale destruction to Algiers, the surrender of the Dey and the ending of Christian slavery.