- Museum number
Lead medal. (whole)
Laureate head of George IV, left. (obverse)
The King's Champion before figure of the King with attendants, right. (reverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 35.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Brown 1980 states:
Robert William Elliston (1774-1831), actor; lessee and manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 1819-26. He played Hamlet at the re-opening of Drury Lane in 1812 and when he became manager there he established the theatre's reputation for scenery; he became bankrupt in 1826. See the 'Gentleman's Magazine', 1821, vol. II, p. 79.
This medal was probably issued to commemorate and advertise the performance of 'The Coronation', a pageant performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in August 1821. The 'Gentleman's Magazine' for 1821, vol. II, p. 174, records 'one of the most magnificent pageants that we ever witnessed on the stage. It has had a continual run hitherto, and promises to do much for the theatre'. By the 28th August a new play was performed.
There are several varieties of this medal with varying reverse legends.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Performance of 'The Coronation' at The Drury Lane Theatre, 1821
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB3 (Brown 1) (285) (1175)