- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Conjoined busts of Vicary Gibbs and Thomas Erskine bare head left, the counsel for the defence, within a circle of a snake eating its own tail. (obverse)
Conjoined draped busts of Thomas Hardy, Home Tooke and John Thelwall bare head right. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 38.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
The trial mentioned on this medal was brought by the Government against the various members of the 'Society of Friends of the People for Parliamentary Reform', John Thelwall (1764-1834) a political reformer and pioneer of speech therapy, John Horne Tooke (1736-1812) a politician and philologist and Thomas Hardy (1752-1832) a radical politician and bootmaker. In 1792 Hardy founded the 'London Corresponding Society' to promote parliamentary reform and together with his associates was later charged with High Treason by the government. The case was defended by Thomas Erskine (1750-1823) 1st Baron Erskine and Vicary Gibbs (1751-1820); the latter was knighted in 1805.
This medal is an indication of the universal enthusiasm with which the acquittal was greeted. It was offered for sale by a Mr Mousele of No. 1 Round Court, St Martins-le-Grand, London. Copper specimens were priced at l/6d. each and silver at £1/1 l/6d. No trace can be found of the price asked for the pewter specimens which are, in fact, the commonest. Perhaps they were offered by someone other than Mr Mousele or were not available at the time that his advertisement was drawn up. See also Brown 1 p87.375, p88.376, p88.378 and p89.380.
Bibliography: Grueber, H. A., English Personal Medals for 1760, 'Numismatic Chronicle', third series vol. XI 1891/80.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Horne Tooke, J. Thelwall and T. Hardy Acquitted of High Treason, 1794
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (88) (377)