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Maker/s

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)

Collection

Wyon Collection

Category

medal

Name

medals (Series)

prize (subseries)

Britain (subsubseries)

W.WYON / MINT (signatures)

Material/s

bronze

Dimensions

weight: (object): 27.05 g
diameter: (object): 35.0 mm
die axis: (object): 0 degrees

Date

inferred 1860

Provenance

given: Watson, Philip Charles 2005-01-31 (Filtered for: Coins and Medals)

From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. design
    Position: obverse
    Content: ROYAL NATIONAL LIFE-BOAT INSTITUTION // FOUNDED 1824--INCORPORATED 1860
    Description: Head of Victoria, wreathed, left, with inscriptions around
  2. design
    Position: reverse
    Content: LET NOT THE DEEP SWALLOW ME UP
    Description: Three men, draped, in a boat right, two manning oars and third lifting fourth man, half-draped, from waves, with inscription around above

Description

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.

Production Notes

Bronze specimen with number `664' inscribed on edge

Production Place

London (place of issue) (place)

Documentation

  1. (2007) Bravery Awards,
    [comments: http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/rnli_courage/bravery_awards]

Accession Number

CM.90-2005 (Coins and Medals)
(Reference Number: 156604; Input Date: 2007-09-19 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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