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Tin medal. (whole)
An ass drawing a cart containing three men with hangman's nooses above, crowd of people to left over which is an inscription. There is a similar crowd to right over which is another inscription. (obverse)
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Diameter: 37.000 millimetres
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Description: Tin medal commemorating a political meeting at Warwick. In the centre are three figures, drawn in a donkey cart beneath a bar on which Sedition crouches, and about to be hanged. To either side are large groups of people. There is an inscription above and below the image and another inscription on the reverse.
Comment: This medal was made by Westwood of Birmingham to commemorate a political meeting at Warwick. It seems that the three central figures probably represent Dr Samuel Parr, the Rev. J. H. Williams and another speaker at the meeting. Robert Greathead was the Sheriff of the county. The Wrong-heads, presumably radicals, are portrayed as uncouth figures, armed with clubs and axes; the Rightheads as sober citizens.
Brown 1980 states:
The occasion here commemorated is the meeting held on Warwick racecourse on 31st May 1797 to promote a petition to the King to secure the dismissal of his ministers. The High Sheriff opened the meeting and a Mr Bertie Greatheed of Guys Cliffe near Warwick spoke strongly against the ministers and proposed the petition to the King. Opponents challenged the petition and wanted the motion put to a vote; this was ignored by the Chairman.
Sir Francis Burdett spoke in favour of the petition and a Dr Parr of Hatton also tried to speak. They were opposed by the Marquis of Hertford. The Sheriff declared the petition adopted and closed the meeting. Bertie Greatheed (Greatheads) was a Whig of the school of Grey and Fox and an ardent admirer of the earlier stages of the French revolution. His opinions were shared by the Rev. H. Williams and Dr Parr. The three people depicted on the medal are Parr, Williams and the High Sheriff whose supporters are shown as the Wrongheads. It was issued by their political opponents (the Rightheads).
The size of this medal varies slightly.
Bibliography: Dalton, R. and Hamer, S. H. 'The provincial token-coinage of the 18th century', London, 1910, Warwicks. 7, 8 & 9.
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MB3 (Brown 1) (105) (444)