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Please note: the illustrations make the medals appear to be roughly the same size, so special attention should be paid to the diameter mentioned (in millimetres) in the description. Unlike the other medals pages, there is no facility to click on the stock number to view a page dedicated to an individual medal.

Medals are arranged in date order
I have arranged medals which are specifically Scottish, Irish or Welsh in dedicated sections at the end of the British Section. The Foreign Medals follow after the British medals

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BRITISH & IRISH MEDALS

 

5340

Henry II, Dassier’s medal, bronze, from his series of English sovereigns (1731), helmeted and cuirassed bust right, rev. tomb with trophies, 41mm (MI i p.3; E 5). Very fine.

 

 

£30

Henry II, Dassier’s medal

Henry II, Dassier’s medal

 

5384

Bronze Calendar Medal 1806, 39mm. Fine.

 

 

£30

Bronze Calendar Medal 1806

Bronze Calendar Medal 1806

 

5365

Yorkshire, Bradford, Workhouse Penny token, counterstamped on a Birmingham Union Copper Company token 1812 (cf. Withers 410-412). Host coin fine, countermark very fine, scarce.

 

 

 

£22

Yorkshire Bradford Workhouse Penny token, counterstamped on  Birmingham Union Copper Company token 1812

Yorkshire Bradford Workhouse Penny token, counterstamped on  Birmingham Union Copper Company token 1812

 

4772

Leicester, St George’s Church, foundation stone laid 1823 by Richard William Penn (Earl Howe), white metal medal by J Ottley, view of the church, rev. legend, 63mm (BHM 1217; E -; Taylor 89a). Very fine.

 

 

 

£35

Leicester, St George’s Church medal 1823

Leicester, St George’s Church, foundation stone laid 1823 by Richard William Penn (Earl Howe), white metal medal

 

5395

Charles James Fox, Whig Politician (1748-1806), bronze medal 1823 by Wolf & Durand, from the ‘Illustrious Men of the World’ series, bust right, rev. legend, 42mm. Good very fine.

 

 

 

£30

Charles James Fox, Whig Politician (1748-1806), bronze medal

Charles James Fox, Whig Politician (1748-1806), bronze medal

5385

Bronze Calendar Medal 1828, 38mm. Good fine.

 

 

£30

Bronze Calendar Medal 1828

Bronze Calendar Medal 1828

5218

William IV, Coronation 1831, white metal medal by T Halliday, conjoined busts of william and Adelaide right, rev. the King and Queen enthroned attended by Britannia, Hibernia and Scotia, 45mm (BHM 1479; E -). Good very fine or better, rare.

 

 

 

 

£45

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW

5447

Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, Second Class prize medal, bronze, by W Wyon, bust of James Watt left, rev.  legend, 45mm (E 1272). Extremely fine. Provenance: ex B A Seaby Ltd 1978, with their ticket (£8).

 

 

 

 

£30

Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, Second Class prize meda

Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, Second Class prize meda

3320

Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, First Class prize medal, bronze, by W Wyon, awarded 1884, bust of James Watt left, rev.  legend within wreath, on edge JOHN WRIGHT & CO., FOR “KYRLE” HEATING STOVES 1884, 45mm (E 1272). Note: Wright & Co were a Birmingham engineering company. Good very fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£25

Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, First Class prize medal

Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society instituted 1833, First Class prize medal

 

5352

Liverpool, Hellewell’s unofficial Farthing, circa 1850, gilt-bronze, 22mm (Bell Lancs 29). Extremely fine, scarce.

 

 

£30

Liverpool, Hellewell’s unofficial Farthing, circa 1850

Liverpool, Hellewell’s unofficial Farthing, circa 1850

5398

Birmingham & Midland Counties Exhibition established 1849, agricultural silver prize medal awarded 1851, farmyard ducks and poultry, rev. engraved ‘To Mr Edw Glover for the best 6 game chickens 1851’, 41mm, with suspension loop.   Very fine, obverse better, originally glazed and frosted (now lacking glass to reverse, with consequent loss of frosting).

 

 

 

 

 

£38

Birmingham & Midland Counties Exhibition established 1849, agricultural silver prize medal

Birmingham & Midland Counties Exhibition established 1849, agricultural silver prize medal

 

4687

George Frederick Handel, Centenary Celebration at Crystal Palace 1859, bronze medal by WJ Taylor, bust of Handel left, rev. legend within palm and laurel wreath, edge named J COTTRELL PERFORMER, 51mm (BHM 2656; E 1527; Allen SY-1859/10). Good very fine, small spot in obverse field.

 

 

 

 

£45

George Frederick Handel, Centenary Celebration at Crystal Palace 1859, bronze medal

George Frederick Handel, Centenary Celebration at Crystal Palace 1859, bronze medal

4766

Sussex, Brighton, Mahomed’s Gymnasium, bronze medal circa 1880, MAHOMED’S GYMNASIUM around wreath, rev. laurel wreath around field for inscription, 51mm. About extremely fine, interesting.

Note: Frederick Mohamed opened the gym in 1864. He was a grandson of Sake Mohamed, an Indian who opened the United Kingdom’s first curry house.

 

 

 

 

 

£45

 

Sussex, Brighton, Mahomed’s Gymnasium, bronze medal circa 1880

Sussex, Brighton, Mahomed’s Gymnasium, bronze medal circa 1880

5355

Yorkshire, Ripon Millenary 1886, bronze medal, manufactured by the Royal Mint, a watchman’s horn, rev. paschal lamb, 36mm (BHM 3217). Extremely fine.

 

 

£38

Yorkshire, Ripon Millenary 1886, bronze medal

Yorkshire, Ripon Millenary 1886, bronze medal

5337

Baptist Mission Centenary 1892, white metal medal, view of a house in Kettering (Northamptonshire), in exergue THE HOUSE AT KETTERING IN WHICH THE BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY WAS FORMED OCT 2ND 1792, rev. scenes in medallions representing Africa, China, West Indies, India, names Carey, Fuller, Marshman, Ward around, Bible at centre, 45mm (cf. BHM 3434, not listed in white metal). Good extremely fine, a couple of corrosion spots, with later navy blue and crimson ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£20

Baptist Mission Centenary 1892, white metal medal

Baptist Mission Centenary 1892, white metal medal

 

5453

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal, 37mm. Very fine, traces of original silver wash to reverse.

 

 

£25

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal

5454

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal, with photographic central portrait, 37mm. Very fine.

 

 

 

£30

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal

Victoria, Diamond Jubilee 1897, brass cruciform medal

5408

Sussex, Brighton Grammar School, Punctuality Medal (awarded 1903), bronze, head of Athena above school arms, EST 1859 in field, BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL BUCKINGHAM ROAD around, rev. engraved ‘E Brown PUNCTUALITY Midsummer 1903’ within wreath, 51mm. Very fine, severe digs to reverse field.

 

 

 

 

£20

Preston (Lancashire), The Earl of Derby, Guild Mayor &  The Countess of Derby, bronze medal 1902

Preston (Lancashire), The Earl of Derby, Guild Mayor &  The Countess of Derby, bronze medal 1902

5356

Worcestershire, Bromsgrove School, bronze prize medal awarded 1905, arms, rev. engraved SPORTS B HALF MILE 2ND WON BY G G PAGE 2 MIN 25 SECS 1905, 35mm. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

£22

Worcestershire, Bromsgrove School, bronze prize medal awarded 1905

Worcestershire, Bromsgrove School, bronze prize medal awarded 1905

 

5346

Bath (Somerset), Council, 50 Years Service, Silver Medal circa 1910, awarded to A C Hillier (Stone Kings Wardle), City of Bath arms, rev. legend, 35mm, with crimson ribbon and bar. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£22

Bath (Somerset), Council, 50 Years Service, Silver Medal

Bath (Somerset), Council, 50 Years Service, Silver Medal

Bath (Somerset), Council, 50 Years Service, Silver Medal

5448

Bristol, School Regular Attendance & Satisfactory Conduct Medal, bronze circa 1910, by Vaughton, Bristol arms, rev. AWARDED TO (FRANK BOWDITCH) FOR (3) YEARS within laurel wreath, 45mm (Dry 1290). Good very fine.

 

 

 

£22

Bristol, School Regular Attendance & Satisfactory Conduct Medal, bronze circa 1910

Bristol, School Regular Attendance & Satisfactory Conduct Medal, bronze circa 1910

5342

Durham, Seaham Hall 1911, Marquess & Marchioness of Londonderry as Mayor and Mayoress, white metal medal dated 31st August 1911, conjoined busts right, rev. view of Seaham Hall, 38mm. Extremely fine, scarce.

 

 

 

£25

Durham, Seaham Hall 1911, Marquess & Marchioness of Londonderry as Mayor and Mayoress, white metal medal

 

Durham, Seaham Hall 1911, Marquess & Marchioness of Londonderry as Mayor and Mayoress, white metal medal

 

 

3000

Oxford, Millenary 1912, white metal medal by CW Thomas Anglo-Saxon female with shield dated 912, holds aloft an hourglass with a civic dignitary, holding a shield dated 1912, sun rises between them over distant view of Oxford, on banner below SIC M SIC MM DEI GRATIA, rev view of old walled town , Oxford arms in gateway, FORTIS EST VERITAS above, 51mm (BHM 4094; E 1932). Very fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£35

Oxford, Millenary 1912, white metal medal

Oxford, Millenary 1912, white metal medal

 

5445

Northampton, Stimpson Avenue School, Attendance & Good Conduct Medal, awarded 1913, bronze, Northampton arms, rev. STIMPSON AVENUE SCHOOL within wreath, edge: EVELYN ABELL 1908-1913, 44mm (Dry 1465, not recorded in bronze). About extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

£20

Northampton, Stimpson Avenue School, Attendance & Good Conduct Medal, awarded 1913, bronze

Northampton, Stimpson Avenue School, Attendance & Good Conduct Medal, awarded 1913, bronze

4835

Mechanical Engineering, The Whitworth Society, Whitworth Scholarship Medal instituted 1868, bronze medal by A Wyon, bust of Sir Joseph Whitworth left, rev. a precision machine tool, edge awarded WILLIAM E J SMITH 1922, 57mm (BHM 2899; E 1599). Extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

£40

Engineering, The Whitworth Society, Whitworth Scholarship Medal

Engineering, The Whitworth Society, Whitworth Scholarship Medal

5361

Liverpool, Collegiate School, bronze prize medal circa 1930, liverbird within wreath, rev. laurel wreath with space for engraving, 26mm, with suspension loop. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£5

Liverpool, Collegiate School, bronze prize medal circa 1930

Liverpool, Collegiate School, bronze prize medal circa 1930

5362

British Roller Canary Club, bronze prize medal circa 1930, canary bird singing on a perch, rev. oak wreath around a space for engraving, 31mm. Good very fine.

 

 

 

£10

British Roller Canary Club, bronze prize medal

British Roller Canary Club, bronze prize medal

5449

Falkland Islands, Centenary of British Ownership 1933, bronze medal by B Mackennal, ermined bust of George V left, rev. Falklands shield, 36mm (BHM 4241; E 2023A). Very fine or better. 

 

 

 

£40

Falkland Islands, Centenary of British Ownership 1933, bronze medal

Falkland Islands, Centenary of British Ownership 1933, bronze medal

4549

Hampshire, Secondary Schools Sports Prize, oval silver medal awarded 1936, by Vaughton & Son, crowned Tudor rose, rev.  engraved SENIOR GIRLS' 220 YARDS, 42x51mm, wt. 57g. Very fine.

 

 

 

 

£30

Hampshire, Secondary Schools Sports Prize, oval silver medal awarded 1936

Hampshire, Secondary Schools Sports Prize, oval silver medal awarded 1936

5401

London, the Stock Exchange Rifle Club, bronze medal by Pinches, bust right of Colonel Sir Robert Inglis, crossed pistols and rifles in exergue, rev. laurel wreath around engraved GOSLING CUP 1952-53, 56mm (Pinches p.200). Good very fine. Note: Inglis founded the Rifle Club in 1901.

 

 

 

 

£35

London, the Stock Exchange Rifle Club, bronze medal by Pinches, bust right of Colonel Sir Robert Inglis

London, the Stock Exchange Rifle Club, bronze medal by Pinches, bust right of Colonel Sir Robert Inglis

5459

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, bronze medal by D Cornell for Pinches, bust left of Winston Churchill, rev. IF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND ITS COMMONWEALTH LAST FOR A THOUSAND YEARS MEN WILL STILL SAY "THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR” on tablet between two union flags, lion’s head above, 44mm, numbered on edge No.161 (Engstrom 88). Very fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£25

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, Churchill bronze medal

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, Churchill bronze medal

5460

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, bronze medal by D Cornell for Pinches, bust three-quarters right of Winston Churchill, rev. NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW on tablet between two union flags, lion’s head above, 44mm, numbered on edge No.161 (Engstrom 90). Very fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£25

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, Churchill bronze medal

Peace in Europe, 25th Anniversary 1970, Churchill bronze medal

5416

English Catholicism, English College in Rome, 400th Anniversary 1979, uniface bronze medal, 57mm. Very fine.

 

 

£10

English Catholicism, English College in Rome, 400th  Anniversary 1979, uniface bronze meda

 

 

SCOTLAND

5237

Dundee, Highland Pipe Playing Association, First Prize, engraved silver medal awarded 1869, 46mm, suspension loop with tartan ribbon. Very fine.

 

 

 

 

£35

Dundee, Highland Pipe Playing Association, First Prize, engraved silver medal

Dundee, Highland Pipe Playing Association, First Prize, engraved silver medal

Dundee, Highland Pipe Playing Association, First Prize, engraved silver medal

5045

Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Instituted 1838, silver District Medal hallmarked Birmingham 1909, a curling match above Scottish royal arms on shield, rev. legends with space for award engraving, 41mm, with blue ribbon, suspender and bar. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

£30

Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Instituted 1838, silver District Medal

 

Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Instituted 1838, silver District Medal

Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Instituted 1838, silver District Medal

 

 

WALES

No Welsh medals listed at present

 

FOREIGN MEDALS

4849

Belgium, Antwerp, Opening of the St Anna Tunnel under the River Schelde 1933, bronze medal by Pivan Riel for Fonson, two female figures hold hands over tunnel, ship above, rev. walled town, 70mm. Good very fine.

 

 

 

£45

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5369

France, Louis XV (1715-1774), boatman jeton, gilt-bronze, a 19th century restrike, laureate bust right, rev. a ship below fleur-de-lys within medallion, ornate border, 29mm. Almost as struck.

 

 

£15

France, Louis XV (1715-1774), boatman jeton

France, Louis XV (1715-1774), boatman jeton

2649

France, Monneron Freres, bronze 5-Sols 1792, soldiers swear allegiance to the constitution, date 14 juillet 1790 in exergue, rev. legends, 40mm (Hennin 431; KM Tn 34). Very fine.

 

 

 

£40

France, Monneron Freres, bronze 5-Sols 1792

France, Monneron Freres, bronze 5-Sols 1792

5396

France, Louis XVIII, statue of Henri IV re-erected on the Pont Neuf (Paris) 1817, bronze medal, conjoined busts of the two kings right, rev. legend, 33mm (Collignon 107). Good very fine.

 

 

 

£15

France, Louis XVIII, statue of Henri IV re-erected on the Pont Neuf (Paris) 1817, bronze medal

France, Louis XVIII, statue of Henri IV re-erected on the Pont Neuf (Paris) 1817, bronze medal

5388

France/ Italy, Torquanto Tasso (1544-1595), Italian Poet, bronze medal 1820 by Caqué & Durand, bust right in a ruff, rev. legend, 41mm, from the series ‘Illustrious Men of the World’. Good very fine.

 

 

 

£20

France/ Italy, Torquanto Tasso (1544-1595), Italian Poet, bronze medal 1820

France/ Italy, Torquanto Tasso (1544-1595), Italian Poet, bronze medal 1820

5389

France, Revolution 1848 and the Overthrow of the Monarchy, white metal medal by Allen & Moore, France standing holds scales of justice and flag of liberty, 1848 in exergue, rev. EN COMMEMORATION DES EFFORTS ECLATANTS ET HEUREUX D'UNE NATION PUISSANTE POUR LA LIBERTÉ, LE RENVERSEMENT DE LA MONARCHIE, ET L’ETABLISSEMENT DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE. 1848 in 12 lines, 45mm (Collignon 252). Fine, reverse better, scarce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£25

France, Revolution 1848 and the Overthrow of the Monarchy, white metal medal

France, Revolution 1848 and the Overthrow of the Monarchy, white metal medal

5461

France, Napoleon III, Visit to Lille Bourse 1853, bronze medalet by Barre, bust of Napoleon III left, rev. legends, 25mm (VG 3367; Maz 1752b). Very fine, dark tone.

 

 

 

£22

France, Napoleon III, Visit to Lille Bourse 1853, bronze medal

5461France, Napoleon III, Visit to Lille Bourse 1853, bronze medal

 

5399

France, Lorraine, Colmar, Viticulture Exhibition 1885, bronze prize medal, grapes in a classical bowl, rev. wreath of vines around space for inscription below EHRENPREIS VON LOTHRINGEN, 38mm. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

£25

France, Lorraine, Colmar, Viticulture Exhibition 1885, bronze prize medal

France, Lorraine, Colmar, Viticulture Exhibition 1885, bronze prize medal

4972

France, “Les Sciences” 1894, school prize medal (awarded 1912), bronze-gilt by Louis Bottée, Science seated attended by Genius, rev. COURS DE MME MOROT above engraved BREVET SUPERIEUR M. JUGLAR 1912, 50mm (CGMP 3/61D for obverse). Good very fine. 

 

 

 

 

£50

France, “Les Sciences” 1894, school prize medal (awarded 1912), bronze-gilt by Louis Bottée

France, “Les Sciences” 1894, school prize medal (awarded 1912), bronze-gilt by Louis Bottée

4261

Great War, General Foch, Aircraft carrier launched 1960, large bronze medal after G Prud’homme, bust of Foch left, date 1917 in field, rev. view of the Foch aircraft carrier, 68mm. Good very fine.

 

 

 

£25

Great War, General Foch, Aircraft carrier launched 1960, large bronze medal after G Prud’homme

Great War, General Foch, Aircraft carrier launched 1960, large bronze medal after G Prud’homme

5376

France, Charles Guyot (1892-1963), Poet, known as Géo-Charles, poetry winner at the 1924 Olympic Games, bronze laudatory medal 1975 by René Mérelle, bust facing, rev. MÉDAILLE D’OR DE LITTERATURE 1924 above Olympic rings, 68mm (CGMP -). Good very fine.

 

 

 

 

£25

France, Charles Guyot (1892-1963), Poet, known as Géo-Charles, poetry winner at the 1924 Olympic Games, bronze laudatory medal

France, Charles Guyot (1892-1963), Poet, known as Géo-Charles, poetry winner at the 1924 Olympic Games, bronze laudatory medal

 

5370

Germany, Christening medal, silver, 18th century, a font, LAS DIES KIND AUF IMMER DEIN LAS ES EWIG SELIG SEIN around, rev. GEWEIHT ZUM CHRISTENTHUME IST DIESES KIND NUN GOTT GEWEIHT ERZIEH ES DIR ZUM RUHME UND VATEREINST ZUR HERRLICHKEIT, 31mm. Very fine.

 

 

 

 

£30

Germany, Christening medal, silver, 18th  century

Germany, Christening medal, silver, 18th  century

 

5440

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, large white metal medal by J Wiener, views of the cathedral each side, 59mm, with crimson ribbon. Very fine.

 

 

 

£38

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, large white metal medal by J Wiener

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, large white metal medal by J Wiener

5441

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, white metal medal, views of the cathedral each side, 41mm. Very fine.

 

 

 

£15

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, white metal medal

Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Building work resumed 1842, white metal medal

5371

Germany, Nuremberg reckoning counter, 19th century, bronze (silvered on one side), double-headed eagle and NURNBERGER SPIEL UND RECHENPFENNIG each side, 30mm. Good very fine.

 

 

£15

Germany, Nuremberg reckoning counter, 19th  century, bronze

Germany, Nuremberg reckoning counter, 19th  century, bronze

5372

Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Gymnastics Tournament 1880, white metal medal, Victory with attendant holds laurels aloft, rev. cross within oak wreath, 33mm, suspension loop and ribbon. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

£20

Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Gymnastics Tournament 1880, white metal medal

Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Gymnastics Tournament 1880, white metal medal

4116

India, British, silver Army of India Temperance medal circa 1890, The Second Beatty Star, seated lion with INDIA below at centre of star, rev. ARMY TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION around a sword with WATCH AND BE SOBER, 25mm (Puddester 950.23), with suspender and ribbon. Extremely fine.

 

 

 

 

 

£35

India, British, silver Army of India Temperance medal circa 1890

India, British, silver Army of India Temperance medal circa 1890

India, British, silver Army of India Temperance medal circa 1890

5397

India, Prince & Princess of Wales visit 1905-1906, white metal medal by J Moore, conjoined busts left, rev. arrangement of Indian flora, 38mm (Puddester 905.1.3), with suspension ribbon. Very fine, scarce.

 

 

 

 

 

£30

ndia, Prince & Princess of Wales visit 1905-1906, white metal medal

ndia, Prince & Princess of Wales visit 1905-1906, white metal medal

ndia, Prince & Princess of Wales visit 1905-1906, white metal medal

 

5289

Sweden, Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius (Chemist), death 1848, bronze medal by CM Mellgren, bust left, rev. classical mausoleum, 41mm. Very fine.

 

 

 

£30

Sweden, Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius (Chemist), death 1848, bronze medal

Sweden, Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius (Chemist), death 1848, bronze medal

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