Defence of Gibraltar Medal
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The Defence of Gibraltar Medal was privately instituted by military commanders George Augustus Eliott and Sir Thomas Picton to commemorate the defence of Gibraltar during the Franco-Spanish siege of 1779-1783. Eliott's Medal was awarded to Hanoverian troops who were present during the siege of Gibraltar while Picton's Medal was awarded to British forces present during the siege.
Obv: PER TOT DISCRIMINA RERUM XIII SEPT. MD CCLXXXII Rev: BRUDERSCHAFT REDEN LAMOTTE SYDOW ELIOTT
The obverse was designed by Lewis Pingo.
Obv: BATTERING SHIPS DESTROYED Rev: BY A ZEALOUS EXERTION OF PATIENCE PERSEVERANCE AND INTREPIDITY AFTER CONTENDING WITH AN UNPARALLELED SUCCESSION OF DANGERS AND DIFFICULTIES IN THE DEFENCE OF GIBRALTAR DURING A BLOCKADE AND SIEGE OF ALMOST FOUR YEARS THE GARRISON UNDER THE AUSPICES OF GEORGE III TRIUMPHED OVER THE COMBINED POWERS OF FRANCE AND SPAIN BLOCKADE COMMENCED JUNE XXI MDCCLXXIX SIEGE TERMINATED FEBRUARY 11 MDCCLXXXIII
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