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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1891,0905.12

  • Description

    SILVER DISC ENGRAVED WITH DRAKE'S VOYAGES. Silver disc; engraved with Eastern and Western geographical planispheres and showing the track of Drake's voyages 1577-1580.

  • Date

    • 1585-1595
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 68 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Associated dates : 1577-1580.

    Bibliography:
    - Miller Christy, The Silver Map of The World. A Contemporary Medal commemorative of Drake's Great Voyage (1577-1580), London 1990, Believes it to be contemporary. - A.W. Franks, in: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, March 12 1874, pp. 161-163. Believes it to be 17th cent. - Hans P. Kraus, Sir Francis Drake. A Pictural Biography, Amsterdam 1970, pp. 218-220.This medal has recently been analysed using optical microscopy and micro X-ray fluorescence to compare its features against a seemingly identical copy in the Department of Coins and Medals (object no.1882,0507.1). The results indicate that both medals were cast from the same model but from different batches of metal.
    Catalogue entry for an identical medal (now held in the Department of Coins and Medals) in 'Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the Death of George II, Volume I,' Edward Hawkins et al (eds), London: The British Museum (1885)
    'This is a most interesting and valuable record of the famous voyage of Sir Francis Drake round the world, a journey which it took him two years and ten months to perform. Besides the course taken by Drake, this piece also marks the discovery of Frobisher Strait by Martin Frobisher in Aug. 1576, but has no reference to Cavendish's voyage in 1586. It may, therefore, be considered a contemporary record issued soon after Drake's return, and certainly before 1586. The style of engraving on the plate bears a close resemblance to the work of Jodocus Hondius, an engraver of Amsterdam, who was famous for his geographical drawings and charts, and who worked chiefly at the end of the sixteenth century.
    For more particulars on this piece see Proc. Soc. Ant. 2nd Ser.VI.161'

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects’ 2012 21 Apr-31 Dec, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare's Stories. Returned 7/1/2013.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1891

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1891,0905.12

SILVER DISC ENGRAVED WITH DRAKE'S VOYAGES. Silver disc; engraved with Eastern and Western geographical planispheres and showing the track of Drake's voyages 1577-1580.

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SILVER DISC ENGRAVED WITH DRAKE'S VOYAGES. Silver disc; engraved with Eastern and Western geographical planispheres and showing the track of Drake's voyages 1577-1580.

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