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Ref: 6190

Lifeboat Bicentenary 1790-1990, large sterling silver medal by the Royal Mint, in Royal Mint case of issue.

 

Obv: Royal Mint shield of arms, ROYAL MINT CENTENARY MEDAL  around

Rev: an 18th century lifeboat in a storm-tossed sea, a sinking ship beyond, 1790 LIFEBOAT BICENTENARY 1990  around, ‘THE ORIGINAL’ below

 

Condition: Extremely fine or better; Diameter: 63mm; Wt 152g

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Notes: The Original was the first lifeboat, designed by Henry Greathead and launched on the River Tyne in January 1790. He was awarded a Royal Society of Arts gold medal and the House of Commons gave him £1200 (he received other cash prizes too). However he never patented it, deliberately, so that his design could be used for the public good. The Original was in service for 43 years and saved over 300 lives.

Price £175

Lifeboat Bicentenary 1790-1990, large silver medal by the Royal Mint
Lifeboat Bicentenary 1790-1990, large silver medal by the Royal Mint
Lifeboat Bicentenary 1790-1990, large silver medal by the Royal Mint

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