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Earl St Vincent's Medal: CM.1200-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Birmingham
Issuer: Jervis, Edward J., Earl St Vincent
Artist: Küchler, Conrad Heinrich
Ruler: George III (1760-1820) (Inferred)




The Mutiny on the Nore, which occurred in 1797, was the second of two that year in protest against the erosion of sailors' pay by inflation, living conditions aboard ship and various changes in the way the Navy expected its men, many of whom were conscripts impressed for the ongoing Revolutionary War with France, to serve under the flag. The unrest spread rapidly, and the Admiralty's refusal to concede led to a short-lived blockade of London by the rebel fleet, whose leaders' aims had become more widely revolutionary. Throttling supply to the mutineers resulted in their surrender in the face of starvation, and 29 men were hanged and many transported to Australia.
In the midst of the Mutiny one ship which did not join the uprising was the ex-French HMS Ville de Paris, then flagship of Admiral Edward Jervis, Earl St Vincent. In testimony to this loyalty, the Earl had this medal struck for the Petty Officers, seaman and marines of his vessel; it was issued in 1800.
The silver issue which is concerned here was that made to the Petty Officers; beyond this, however, the identity of the recipient is unknown. Lester Watson bought this medal from the London dealers Seaby in 1933.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Seaby 1933

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 47.6 mm
Weight: 25.52 g

Place(s) associated

  • Birmingham

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1800

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Earl St Vincent facing left with laurel wreath around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around soldier and marine right and left shaking hands

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1200-2009
Primary reference Number: 141294
Watson Catalogue: 93
Ordering: M-0083
Previous object number: LW.0083
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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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