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Ref: 5972

Dumfries & Maxwelltown Observatory 1836, Founding Shareholder’s Admission Medal, numbered No.61, named to Mr R Menzies, white metal medal by T W Ingram, extremely rare


Obv: view of the observatory tower, DUMFRIES & MAXWELLTOWN OBSERVATORY 1836 around

 

Rev: engraved Mr R Menzies No.61 within thistle wreath


Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 38mm

 

References: none found

 

Notes: The old windmill tower was converted into a camera obscura by Walter Newall in 1836 and is now still functioning as the world’s oldest camera obscura. Presumably the shareholders provided the funding to Newall to create the observatory, in return for which they were issued these medals which acted as free admission passes. Today the observatory forms part of Dumfries Museum.

 

 

Price £295

Dumfries & Maxwelltown Observatory 1836, Founding Shareholder’s Admission Medal
Dumfries & Maxwelltown Observatory 1836, Founding Shareholder’s Admission Medal

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