Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2015.x.103
Victory of the Nile 1798 Medal
Also known as Battle of the Nile Medal (BHM)
Made by Matthew Boulton, of the Soho Mint, Birmingham, to dies produced by C. H. Kuchler
Admiral Nelson's victory against the French in the Battle of the Nile was celebrated in England and secured his reputation. The Nile medal was a privately issued by Nelson's prize agent Mr Alexander Davison to all British officers and men present at the battle which took place at Aboukir Bay on 1 August 1798. The medal was struck in gold, silver, bronze gilt and in bronze, and was apparently the first time a medal had been issued to every participant in a naval action. All of the medals have the name of the donor impressed on the edge, but were issued unnamed, but some hand names privately engraved.
This medal in gilt bronze indicates that the recipient was a petty officer, and unusually is named on each side. On the obverse face is the name "William Haley" and on the reverse to "Hy Smith THESEUS", indicating the recipient served on the vessel Theseus.
See Laurence Brown, British Historical medals 1760-1960, Volume 1, catalogue number 447, page 107http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/theseus1.htm
- Battle of the Nile
1 January 1798 to 31 December 1798
0 - Whole diameter : 47mm
Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects (Other Title) Robert Chenhall
Nashville/Tennessee/USA (Place of Publication)
24 June 2015
The development of the Auckland War Memorial Museum online collection is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.