Robert Stephenson, Completion of Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits 1850, bronze medal by by L C Wyon, very rare
Obv: bust of Stephenson right
Rev: a view of the bridge between the Welsh mainland and Anglesey, sailing boats in the Menai strait, dates 1846-1850 in exergue
Condition: Extremely fine or nearly so; Diameter: 58mm
References: BHM 2402; E 1441; Taylor 164a
Notes: Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), son of George Stephenson of railway fame. The bridge was opened on 5th March 1850 and was revolutionary in its tubular design. However it was completely rebuilt in 1972 following a fire in 1970. It has two lions at each end, inspiring the following bardic lines by John Evans (1826-1888):
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Laurence Brown (BHM) has suggested the bronze edition of this medal was limited to about 120 specimens, and consequently the medal is very rare.