- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
Britannia seated left, holding a table of laws that she is to grant to the Ionian Islands. (obverse)
Seven females signifying the number of islands gathering for protection round the British flag. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 40.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
One of Mudie's National Medals (see Brown 1 p256.1057) issued in 1820. Examples of this medal are believed to have been struck in gold but no specimen has been met with.
The sovereignty of these islands passed to Britain by the Treaty of Paris in November 1815. They were formed into an independent state under the protection of Great Britain and Sir Thomas Maitland was appointed Lord High Commissioner. The medal was probably struck in 1818 since it was published in the 'Gentleman's Magazine' for that year; vol. II, p. 253.
The date 1817 refers to the "Maitland Constitution", which was ratified that year and created a federation of seven islands.
Bibliography: Fiala, E. 'Münzen und Medaillen der Welfischen Lande', Prague, 1915, 483; Mudie, James. 'An historical and critical account of a grand series of National Medals', London, 1820, 40; Nathan Heywood, 'The coins of the Ionian state', British Numismatic Journal, 4, 1907, 189-92; pl. II, 26.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Bank of England loaned their Collection to the British Museum in 1865 wishing to make it accessible to the general public. This remained as a separate Collection until 1877 when the Bank Directors decided it would be more useful to the museum and the public if incorporated into the national collection. The Bank of England collection was therefore presented to the British Museum in 1877, any duplicates being sold to create a coins and medals purchase fund.
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (231) (958)