Lord Exmouth & Suppression of Barbary Slave Trade, Algiers Bombarded 1816, white metal medal by Brenet & Gérard
Rev: Neptune subdues a seahorse with his trident, ALGIERS AUGUST 1816 in exergue
References: BHM 921; E 1085; MH 572
Notes: Algiers acted as one of the principal commercial centres for the Christian slave trade along the Barbary Coast. The barbary pirates raided European coastal settlements (including southwest England) and attacked ships to obtain European slaves - tens of thousands found themselves enslaved to Arab masters. Lord Exmouth bombarded Algiers, extracting a treaty from the Dey which abolished the trade, although the practice on the barbary coast did not completely end until the start of the 20th century. This medal is from James Mudie's series of forty, which celebrate the most important events of George III's reign.