Boulton's Trafalgar Medal, in Tin

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SKU: 02.GBR.0158.102.01.000

  • Boulton's Trafalgar Medal, in Tin Obverse
  • Boulton's Trafalgar Medal, in Tin Reverse

Estimated market value:

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Attributes

  • Country
    Great Britain
  • Makers
    Soho Mint, Birmingham
  • Composition
    White Metal
  • Inscription
    Obv: HORATIO VISCOUNT NELSON. K.B. DUKE OF BRONTE. Rev: ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY TRAFALGAR OCTR.21.1805. Rim: FROM M. BOULTON TO THE HEROES OF TRAFALGAR
  • Size
    48mm
  • Image Licensing
    This image is attributed to Morton & Eden Ltd., Lot number 53, Catalogue 5.

History


The Boulton's Trafalgar Medal was established by Matthew Boulton, industrialist and founder of the Soho Mint, in 1805 in commemoration of Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. It was awarded by Matthew Boulton to all survivors of the Battle.

Silver medals were awarded to Captains and 1st Lieutenants while Tin medals were awarded to junior officers and enlisted men. Bronze medals were known to exist, but none were issued.

The medal was issued unnamed and without a suspension, although there are examples that have been privately rendered wearable. There are also examples that have been privately named on the reverse. Between 14000 and 16000 medals were awarded.

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