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Victoria (1837-1901) struck in the name of (ruler) [ULAN info: Queen of Great Britain 1837-1901]
Victoria Patroness with the title of (ruler)
Wyon, Leonard Charles (die-engraver) [ULAN info: British medalist, 1826-1891]
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (issuer)
Wyon, William after (artist)
W.WYON / MINT (signatures)
weight: (object): 27.05
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has since its inception in 1824 awarded medals for gallantry to its volunteers for particular deeds of merit in rescues. The medals are awarded in bronze, silver or gold and given very sparingly, so that to receive one is the mark of a genuinely impressive action. The medal was created in 1824, but the piece here, a bronze specimen from the workshop of the designer Leonard Wyon, records also the date of the Institution's incorporation in 1860 and shows a later portrait of Victoria, and must be the prototype of the medal's updated version made at that time. The Museum also has a still later update from the reign of George V.
Bronze specimen with number `664' inscribed on edge
London (place of issue) (place)
CM.90-2005 (Coins and Medals)
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