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Lloyd's Medal: CM.109-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Allan
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. The original award medal was designed by William Wyon, of the Royal Academy, and depicts the sea-nymph Leucothea rescuing Ulysses from shipwreck as described in the Odyssey, and the Museum also has a specimen of that era, but the design was later updated by Allan Wyon and this is a specimen of his design from his workshop.


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


Uncertain 1897 CE - 1907 CE


Bronze specimen with suspension

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 35.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 26.10 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.109-2005
Primary reference Number: 156621
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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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