- Museum number
Pewter medal. (whole)
Neptune in a marine car pointing with his right hand towards sinking ships, with his left he hands a trident to Britannia seated right. Fame, above inscribing an obelisk. (reverse)
Uniformed, draped bust of Earl Howe left. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 57.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
Richard, Earl Howe (1725-99) Admiral, entered the navy at fourteen and after a distinguished career and being raised to an earldom 1788, was appointed to the command of the Channel Fleet at the outbreak of war with France in 1793. In the following year he gained the famous victory of the 'Glorious First of June'. The engagement between 25 English and 26 French ships of the line lasted scarcely an hour. The English captured two ships of eighty guns and four seventy-fours, another seventy-four sinking immediately after possession. London was illuminated for three nights in honour of the victory. The names inscribed on the obelisk are those of the flag officers who took part in the battle: HOWE / GRAVES / BRIDPORT / BOWYER / CALDWELL / GARDNER / PASLEY.
The subscription list for the medal was opened in July 1794 and names were entered at the following places: Mr Young, Goldsmith, Ludgate Street; Mr Hawkins, Watchmaker, West Passage, Royal Exchange; Mr Tinson, Goldsmith, Charing Cross and Mr Barnett (the engraver of the medal), Cockspur Street, London. The silver was priced at 1½ guineas each and the bronze at half a guinea each, the latter to be struck after the required number of silver specimens had been produced. No details are given for the pewter specimens and they are possibly of a slightly later date.
Bibliography: Grueber, H. A., English Personal Medals for 1760, 'Numismatic Chronicle', third series vol. XII 1892/304; Grueber, H. A. 'Synopsis of the contents of the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals'. A Guide to the English Medals exhibited in the King's Library. London, 1881, 531; Hocking, W. J. 'Catalogue of the coins, tokens, medals, dies and seals in the museum of the Royal Mint', Vol. II, London, 1910, 230/86; Milford Haven, Admiral the Marquis of. 'British Naval Medals', London, 1919, 419; Sandwich, The Rt. Hon. the Earl of. 'British and Foreign medals relating to naval and maritime affairs', 2nd ed., London, 1950, NN/19.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Battle of the 1st June, 1794
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (90) (382)