- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Laureate head of George IV, left. (obverse)
The King seated left, winged figure behind him crowning the King who is being approached by Britannia, Scotia and Hibernia. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 34.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
This is the official coronation medal, the reverse of which is very similar to Brown 1 p263.1069. There are poor copies of this piece struck in silver and presumably intended for sale upon the streets at the time of the celebrations; many of these are pierced.
The wax model for a reverse design for this medal is in the Palazzo Braschi, Rome. Messrs Spink and Son record a trial striking of the obverse die in lead in their 'Numismatic Circular' for October, 1894.
It is not known for certain how many of these medals were struck, but Henry Wollaston in his 'British Official Medals for Coronations and Jubilees' (p. 17) states that he calculates 1060 gold medals were struck and 800 silver. No figures for the copper are given but in a manuscript notebook in the archives of the Royal Mint there is a note that on the 1st January 1826 a total of 1526 bronze medals were still unsold so presumably the original number struck was in excess of this. The committee appointed to consider the arrangements for the coronation expended the sum of £4,770.5.4 on the official coronation medals. See also Brown 1 p263.1069.
Bibliography: Fiala, E. 'Münzen und Medaillen der Welfischen Lande', Prague, 1915, 780, 81 & 82; Hocking, W. J. 'Catalogue of the coins, tokens, medals, dies and seals in the museum of the Royal Mint', Vol. II, London, 1910, 194/18.
See also 'Gentleman's Magazine' 1821, pp.3, 12,75, 77, 105, 106.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019, 5 Oct - 7 Apr, BM G69a, Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Coronation of King George IV, 1821
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (264) (1070)