In July 1781 Mr Joshua Steele wrote to the Society at Adelphi in London informing that several Gentlemen of property and liberal education had formed a Society on the island of Barbados for the ‘Promotion of Useful Arts’. These included agriculture, manufacturing and innovation all in order to provide vocation training and employment to the poorer classes, both white and black, on the island. In May 1782 the Society decided to commission an Award Medal to be presented to deserving individuals contributing to the aims of the Society. Have any of these award medals survived?
This is the final article about numismatic items that relate to the life of this once famous naval personality. This piece has been saved until last, as it is not engraved to Admiral Rodney himself, but to a contemporary ship named after him.There are records of three ships in the 1780s called The Lord Rodney. One of these has a significant story, traceable to contemporary records, that is presented here. This article, and the previous three in the series, can all be accessed here: Pt 1: History and Contemporary Tokens Pt 2: Later Tokens and a Coin. Pt 3: Contemporary Medals etc
The following pages provide illustrations of the known medals and medallions that celebrate Admiral Rodney’s life and achievements. This provides a supplement to BHM, where just a four of the pieces are illustrated.It has not been possible to find a specimen or illustration of BHM 226 or 234, and Laurence Brown gives no location for a specimen. If any readers can help, please get in touch via the BNS blog – it would be nice to complete the set of illustrations. And here are links to the two earlier articles in this four part series: Pt 1 : (i) History and Contemporary Tokens Pt 2: (ii) Later Tokens and a Coin.
Many will recall a handsomely engraved medal used widely during the bicentenary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. Few will know much about the medallist. Abraham Abramson was fortunate to be at the height of his powers at a time of then unprecedented artistic, scientific and technological advance, military struggle, political and social reform. This was a medal with which I was quite familiar as I had a choice example – after all, this was the finest work of my coincidental namesake.
The River Thames, sometimes described as the longest archaeological site in the world, has produced an unparalleled assemblage of finds dating from prehistory to the present-day. Many of these objects have come to light due to the efforts of licenced modern ‘mudlarks’, who are permitted to recover objects from the foreshore and subsequently record them with the Museum of London. This short article discusses one such object discovered some years ago – a large, 18th century pewter medal which is completely unparalleled in any publication. The author suggests in the following discussion that based on the evidence available, this piece may be interpreted as a trial strike for an unproduced medal commemorating the Act(s) of Union in 1707.