- Museum number
Bronze medal. (whole)
Bust of Sir Hans Sloane, left, cap on head, in loose robe. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 54.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
One of Dassier's series of medals of illustrious men. (See Medallic Illustrations 2, p558.185 (registration no. M.8450).)
Sir Hans Sloane, physician and collector of natural history, born at Killileagh in Ireland in 1660, went to Jamaica in 1687 as physician to the Duke of Albemarle, whence he returned with a rich store of plants. He was chosen Secretary to the Royal Society in 1693; attended Queen Anne in her last illness; was created a baronet in 1716, and in 1719 elected President of the College of Physicians. He succeeded Sir Isaac Newton in the chair of the Royal Society, and died at Chelsea in 1752. His collections of curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum.
See Snelling, Thomas, ‘Thirty-nine Plates of English Medals’, London, 1766, xxxiii. 3; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’, II. Pl. clxxxiv. 2.
- Not on display
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (589) (234)