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medal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    M.8316

  • Description

    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.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1737
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 42 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        NULLIUS IN VERBA.
      • Inscription Translation

        Not on any one's authority.
      • Inscription Comment

        The motto of the Society on a band.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        T.
      • Inscription Comment

        Below.
        John Sigismund Tanner.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        G . COPLEY BAR DIGNISSIMO.
      • Inscription Translation

        Godfrey Copley, Baronet, to the most worthy.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        SOCIETAS REG . LONDINI.
      • Inscription Translation

        The Royal Society of London.
  • Curator's comments

    Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
    Rare.
    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medallic Illustrations 2 p522.81 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    M.8316

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB2p522.81
Gold medal.

Obverse & Reverse

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