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Lloyd's Medal: CM.84-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, William
Issuer: Lloyds of London




The Lloyd's Medal was instituted in 1839 as one of a number of public rewards and benefactions regularly made by the renowned maritime insurers. This one was awarded to those who saved, or attempted to save, the lives of others in shipwrecks, and who would take no monetary reward for so doing. It was designed by William Wyon, of the Royal Academy, and depicts the sea-nymph Leucothea rescuing Ulysses from shipwreck as described in the Odyssey. The design was later updated by Allan Wyon and the Museum also has a workshop specimen of that version, but this is a specimen of the original medal.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1839


Bronze specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 72.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 207.02 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Leucothea airborne right with right arm raised and left holding drapes about her over Ulysses reclining on right elbow left on waves with left arm outstretched towards her; artist's signature in exergue, legend around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Knotted oak-wreath surrounding legend "OB CIVES SERVATOS" with legend around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.84-2005
Primary reference Number: 156598
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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