- Museum number
A silver circular plate, stamped in imitation of engraving; on one side is the Eastern Hemisphere, and on the other the Western. The course taken by Drake in his voyage is marked by a dotted line, and the date of his departure and return are inscribed.
- Production date
Diameter: 67.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
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 the 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 of this piece see Proc. Soc. Ant. 2nd Ser. VI. 161.
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 Prehistory and Europe (object no. 1891,0905.12). The results indicate that both medals were cast from the same model but from different batches of metal.
- On display (G46/dc15/p2/no5)
- Exhibition history
2012 19 Jul-25 Nov, London, BM Shakespeare: Staging the World
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Voyage of Sir Francis Drake around the world 1577-1580
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (131) (83)