William Pitt (the Younger), First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) 1799, bronze medal by J Hancock
Obv: bust left of William Pitt the younger, name above, legend below APPOINTED FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY AND CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER DEC : 1783
Rev: legend within laurel wreath WITH FORTITUDE WISDOM AND INTEGRITY HE SERVES A PROSPEROUS NATION AND A VIRTUOUS KING 1799 AGED 40
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 53mm
Reference: BHM 470; E 912
Notes: This medal celebrates Pitt’s 40th birthday in 1799, having been prime minister since he was 24 in 1783. Sometimes today we bemoan our politicians’ lack of life experience, but to be prime minister at 24 is quite incredible.