- Museum number
Gold medal. (whole)
The Irish Parliament issuing from their house headed by the Speaker, who carries a bag, inscribed, and places a cap of Liberty on the head of Hibernia, attended by Industry with a distaff and by Law with a scroll, inscribed. Above is Fame with a trumpet, the flag of which is marked and with an inscribed scroll. Exergue: A vulture and a wolf, with human hands and bodies, scrambling for gold. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 44.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
This medal has a ring for suspension. A question had arisen in Ireland how far the King's consent was necessary to enable the Irish Parliament to appropriate any surplus revenues. In 1753 a bill having been prepared for the application of some of the surplus of the revenue towards the discharge of the National Debt, all mention of the King's consent was omitted in the preamble. The English Ministry returned the bill with the preamble altered, and the King's consent inserted. In that form it was brought before the Irish House of Commons, and rejected by a majority of 124 to 117. By this act the Speaker, representing the Parliament, is vindicating the liberty of Ireland, and is supported by Law and Industry.
The figures in the exergue are meant to disparage the character of those who were supposed to have fomented these disturbances for the sake of gold.
The other examples of this medal in the British Museum (both in bronze; registration nos. M.8613 and 1937,1202.1) have a plain edge.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Irish surplus revenue dispute, 1753
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (673) (385)