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Boulton's Trafalgar Medal: CM.1152-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Die-engraver: Taylor, W. J.
Artist: Küchler, Conrad Heinrich




After Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805 the prominent Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton distributed about 15,000 Trafalgar Medals at his own expense to participants in the battle. These medals were all in white metal, but subsequent years saw a number of presentation issues in other metals, and between 1860 and 1895 the London die-sinker W. J. Taylor was commissioned by Boulton's heir to produce a new run, of which this silver piece is one.
The medals all share the same design, which shows a view of the battle, with Nelson’s signal ‘ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY’ above.
This is one of a number of the Taylor restrikes of the medal that was mounted in a watchglass, which has finely preserved the detail of the frosted finish. Lester Watson purchased this medal from the London dealers Baldwin in 1927.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1927

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 49.8 mm
Weight: 77.45 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1860 - 1895


Frosted finish, mounted in watchglass

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Nelson facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Sea-battle scene with Trafalgar's name and date given in exergue

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1152-2009
Primary reference Number: 141246
Watson Catalogue: 38
Ordering: M-0035
Previous object number: LW.0035
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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