Davison's Nile Medal, in Silver
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The Davison's Nile Medal was established by Alexander Davison, prize agent to Horatio Nelson, in commemoration of the victory over French forces at the Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798. It was awarded to all men who served in the Battle, although it was conferred to different ranks in different compositions. The Gold Medal was awarded to Admirals and Captains, the Silver Medal was awarded to Officers, the Gilt Medal was awarded to Petty Officers, and the Bronze Medal was awarded to ratings. Davison also made a number of personal gifts including those to King George III, King Ferdinand I, Sir William Hamilton, and John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent.
The medals were issued unnamed and without a suspension, although it is common to find them either pierced or with a ring added and worn on a blue ribbon. It is also possible to find some medals that have been privately named on the reverse.
Obv: EUROPE'S HOPE AND BRITAIN'S GLORY REAR-ADMIRAL LORD NELSON OF THE NILE Rev: ALMIGHTY GOD HAS BLESSED HIS MAJESTY'S ARMS VICTORY OF THE NILE AUGUST 1.1798. Rim: A TRIBUTE OF REGARD FROM ALEXR DAVISON ESQR. ST JAMES'S SQUARE
Soho Mint, Birmingham
The engraver's initials are stamped on the obverse and reverse, along with the initials of Matthew Boulton, founder of the Soho Mint. The...
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