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Bunker Hill Medal: CM.1155-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: George III (1760-1820)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Georgius Rex Imperator (With the title of)




The Battle of Bunker Hill is now famous in American history and folklore as the engagement in which it was first made clear that the American colonists' militia could match and defeat the forces of the British Army sent to quell the insurgency that would result in the Declaration of Independence.
This is a copy made by electrolysis of a silver star awarded to one of the British officers wounded in the battle, Captain Ewing. The engraving reads: "By Order of the King with 300 pounds of the Wound Capt Ewing Recvd the 17 of June 1775".
Lester Watson purchased the copy from the London dealer Baldwin in 1937.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1937

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 48.7 mm
Weight: 10.82 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1775

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Inscription around crowned royal monogram

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription

  • Text: By Order of the King with 300 pounds of the Wound Capt Ewing Recvd the 17 of June 1775
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1155-2009
Primary reference Number: 141249
Watson Catalogue: 41
Ordering: M-0038
Previous object number: LW.0038
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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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