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Patron's Medal: CM.47-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: George V (1910-36) (Struck in the name of)
Artist: Wyon, Allan Gairdner
Issuer: Royal Geographical Society
Artist: Wyon, William (After)




The Royal Geographical Society established the award of a gold Patron's Medal in 1839 on the basis of a gift of King William IV. It is awarded annually "for the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery". In 1923 the original design was updated to this new version by Allan Gairdner Wyon, after the original design by his ancestor William Wyon. This example is a white metal specimen of the design from Wyon's workshop, which was at some point probably secured to a display board using the black resin that still adheres to the reverse.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Watson, Philip Charles


Production date: AD 1923 : undated


White metal specimen with resin adhesive from mounting

Components of the work

Object composed of white metal Diameter 54.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 83.88 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Head of King George V left

  • Text: GEORGIUS V D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: MCMX / [rosette] PATRONUS [rosette]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Britannia standing left with laurel wreath and scroll, a terrestrial globe, sextant and other instruments behind her

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.47-2005
Primary reference Number: 156566
Brown: 4001
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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