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Dunbar Medal: CM.EM.79-R

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Dunbar Medal


Ruler: Cromwell, Oliver (1653-1658)
Maker: Simon, Thomas




Issued as a reward for those present at the battle of Dunbar, 3 September 1650. On the 7th September the Commons resolved, "that their special thanks be conveyed to the Lord-General for his eminent services at the great victory of Dunbar, and that his Excellency be desired to return their thanks also to the officers and soldiers of the army, and that a number of gold and silver medals be distributed amongst them." The design of the medal was suggested by Cromwell himself in a letter dated "Edinburgh, 4 Feb. 1650", and addressed "to the Hon. Committee for the Army." Thomas Simon was specially ordered by the Parliament to proceed to Scotland to take the "effigies, portrait or statue of the Lord General to be placed on the medal."

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Method of acquisition: Loan by Emmanuel College


Production date: AD 1650

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Object composed of silver Diameter (max) 33 mm Diameter (min) 28 mm Weight 13.67 g

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Accession number: CM.EM.79-R
Primary reference Number: 226489
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Created: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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