Admiral Vernon, Portobello taken 1739 and Fort Chagre 1740, pinchbeck medal
Obv: three-quarter length bust of Vernon facing holding baton, tree to left, ship and houses to right
Rev: view of Portobello harbour, six ships below
References: Adams FCv 3-B; Betts 279
Condition: Very fine; Diameter: 39mm
Notes: Porto Bello lay on the eastern Panama coast and was said to be a centre for Spanish raids on British mercantile shipping in the region. Vernon had declared in the House of Commons that he could take Porto Bello with six ships, and in this he was successful. He raided Fort Chagre the following year.