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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    M.5092

  • Description

    Struck bronze medal.(obverse) Victory seated holding a plaque with the bust of Lord Nelson, a lion, palm-tree and harp in front of a pyramid.
    (reverse) A shield and foul anchor.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 38 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        NOV . 29 LAUS DEO 1798
      • Inscription Translation

        November 29 Praise to God, 1798
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed on anchor.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        SUB HOC SIGNO VINCES
      • Inscription Translation

        Under this sign thou shalt conquer
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        VIRTUTE NIHIL OBSTAT & ARMIS
      • Inscription Translation

        Nothing withstands valour and arms.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        VICTORY OF THE NILE
        AUGT. 1. 1798.
      • Inscription Comment

        In exergue.
  • Curator's comments

    Brown 1
    The date on the reverse of this medal is possibly an error for Nelson's birth date, 29th September. The 'Gentleman's Magazine' records that prayers were offered for the victory in St Paul's Cathedral on 21st October 1798 and the following two Sundays. See also Brown 1p106.447.

    Bibliography: Milford Haven, Admiral the Marquis of. 'British Naval Medals', London, 1919, 484; Sandwich, The Rt. Hon. the Earl of. 'British and Foreign medals relating to naval and maritime affairs', 2nd ed., London, 1950, N/3.

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  • Bibliography

    • Brown 1 p109.450 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Battle of the Nile,1798
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    M.5092

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB3p109.450

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