Gold medal.(obverse) Pallas, seated amidst emblems of the Arts and Sciences, holds out a wreath in her right hand, and in her left the symbol of nature (the Ephesian Artemis); near her, the armorial shield of Copley.
(reverse) The armorial shield of the Royal Society, with crest and supporters. Exergue: The motto of the Society on a band.
- Made in: British Isles
- (Europe,British Isles)
- Diameter: 42 millimetres
Inscription ContentNULLIUS IN VERBA.
Inscription TranslationNot on any one's authority.
Inscription CommentThe motto of the Society on a band.
Inscription Typemaker's mark
John Sigismund Tanner.
Inscription ContentG . COPLEY BAR DIGNISSIMO.
Inscription TranslationGodfrey Copley, Baronet, to the most worthy.
Inscription ContentSOCIETAS REG . LONDINI.
Inscription TranslationThe Royal Society of London.
Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
Sir Godfrey Copley in 1709 bequeathed the sum of one hundred pounds, the interest of which was to be annually presented by Trustees, named by himself, to any distinguished discoverer or improver in matters of science. After the death of these Trustees, the disposal was entrusted to the Council of the Royal Society, which body already in 1736 had converted the money payment into a gold medal. This specimen which is in gold, was presented to Mr. John Belchier in 1737, his name and the date of presentation being engraved in the exergue on the obverse. It was awarded to him for a treatise on the ‘Experiment of Dyeing the Bones of living Animals Red with Madder Root’. Specimens in silver (registration no. G3,E.M.276) and copper (M.8317) were only struck as proofs or for the gratification of collectors.
See Weld, Charles Richard, ‘A History of the Royal Society &c’, London, Vol. I. p. 397.
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Object reference number: CME3665
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