Ireland, The Irish Surplus Revenue Dispute 1753, bronze medal, with integral suspension loop, rare
Obv: Irish Members of Parliament led by the Speaker holding moneybag labeled VINDICATA (‘vindicated’), place cap of Liberty on Hibernia, attended by Industry and Law, Fame flies above, VTCVNQVE FERENT EA FACTA MINORES VINCIT AMOR PATRIAE around (‘However posterity may consider these acts, love of country prevails’)
Rev: Ten-line Latin legend in field, legend around (see Medallic Illustrations for a translation!)
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 44mm
References: MI ii 673/385; E 641
Provenance: Ex O’Byrne Collection (sold via a series of auctions at Christie’s in the 1960s), with his ticket. James O’Byrne formed his medal collection in the 19th century, leaving it to a seminary in his will. It was the seminary who placed it on the auction market many years later.
Notes: Although quite technical, the basic issue at stake was how far the King’s authority ran in the Irish parliament to appropriate surplus revenue for use towards the English national debt.