Cheltenham, Royal Old Wells Centenary 1838, oval bronze medal by W Ingram, scarce
Obv: view of a well with a church spire beyond, seen through an avenue of trees, ROYAL OLD WELLS CHELTENHAM 1838 below
Rev: TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL OLD WELLS CHELTENHAM ESTABLISHED AUGUST 1738 in 9 lines, Latin legend on border around
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 46x57mm
References: BHM 1883; E -; DW 53/73; See my own article “Notes on a Chance Find” (Coin News June 2014 – available via a link on the homepage).
Notes: In 1718 a natural spring was discovered in Cheltenham and one Henry Skillicorne exploited it as a commercial spa, subsequently planting the avenue of trees depicted on this medal to provide an agreeable approach. Offered with an old Spink ticket priced at £22.