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Boulton's Trafalgar Medal: CM.1153-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Issuer: Boulton, Matthew
Artist: Küchler, Conrad Heinrich
Mint: Birmingham




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, of which this bronzed copper 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 piece was not one of the original white-metal issue, and therefore had no genuine recipient; its first also is likewise unknown. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 48 mm
Weight: 54.65 g

Place(s) associated

  • Birmingham

Acquisition and important dates

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


1837 - 1847



Components of the work

Object composed of copper ( bronzed)

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.1153-2009
Primary reference Number: 141247
Watson Catalogue: 39
Ordering: M-0036
Previous object number: LW.0036
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

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

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