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Baly Prize Medal: CM.94-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Joseph Shepherd
Issuer: Royal College of Physicians
Die-engraver: Wyon, Alfred Benjamin




William Baly was a physician of the Victorian period who was noted for his work on hygiene in prisons. After Baly's death in a railway accident in 1861 Frederick Dyster established a fund at the Royal College of Physicians to award a gold medal in Baly's memory. The award is still made, biannually, to a person that the College Council and President deem to have especially distinguished themselves in the study of physiology. Although the awarded medal is in gold, this piece is in lead, and is a specimen from the Wyons' workshop that remained there to be passed on to his descendants, from whom it has come to the Museum.


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 1866


Lead specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of lead Diameter 56.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 112.62 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Dr William Baly quarter left with inscription around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Frontage of the Royal College of Physicians with inscription around and second in exergue along with artists' signature and signature "SIR R SMIRKE R.A. ARCHT"

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.94-2005
Primary reference Number: 156608
Brown: 2707
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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