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Ref: 5195

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):

 

Pedwar llew tew
Heb ddim blew
Dau'r ochr yma
A dau'r ochr drew

 

Four fat lions
Without any fur
Two this side
And two the other side

 

Laurence Brown (BHM) has suggested the bronze edition of this medal was limited to about 120 specimens, and consequently the medal is very rare.

 

Price £200

Robert Stephenson, Completion of Britannia Bridge, Menai  Straits 1850, bronze medal by by L C Wyon
Robert Stephenson, Completion of Britannia Bridge, Menai  Straits 1850, bronze medal by by L C Wyon

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