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Admiral Vernon "Porto Bello Taken" Medal

Object Number: 
INV.4872
Date: 
1739
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 9/16 in. ( 3.9 cm )
Description: 
Brass struck medal with obverse showing full-length figure of Admiral Vernon facing right, holding sword and baton, cannon at right and ship at left; legend within line border: "THE. BRITISH. GLORY. REVIVD BY ADMIRAL VERNON." Reverse shows a group of sailing ships surrounded by legend within line border: "HE TOOK PORTO BELLO WITH SIX SHIPS ONLY"; inscription in exergue: "NOV. 22 1739."
Gallery Label: 
The Chinese Boxer Rebellion was crushed by the Peking Relief Expedition, an international force which included Japan, Great Britain and the U.S. This medal, showing the Imperial Chinese five-toed dragon, was authorized in 1905 and designed by Francis D. Millet.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group