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Patron's Medal: CM.107-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: Edward VII (1901-10) (Struck in the name of)
Ruler: Patronus (With the title of)
Artist: Wyon, Allan
Issuer: Royal Geographical Society




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 1901 the original design was updated to this new version by Allan Wyon, after the original design by his ancestor William Wyon. This example is a bronze specimen of the design from Wyon's workshop, which was passed down to his descendant, Allan Gairdner Wyon of whose own rework of the medal for George V the Museum also has a specimen, and from there to the Museum through his family.


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 1901


Bronze specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 54.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 81.34 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Head of King Edward VII right with inscription around

  • Text: EDWARDUS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: MDCCCCI / [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.107-2005
Primary reference Number: 156619
Brown: 3711
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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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