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medal, commemorative

human history
  • Other Name

    The Davison's Nile Medal 1798 (descriptive name)

  • Description

    The Davison's Victory of the Nile Medal 1798

    obverse: legend above: REAR-ADMIRAL LORD NELSON OF THE NILE; field has illustration of allegorical figure of Peace a standing on rocky shore with an anchor at her feet, she is holding oval medallion with a bust of Lord Nelson and legend: EUROPE'S HOPE AND BRITAIN'S GLORY

    reverse: view of British fleet going into action against the French fleet which lies at anchor in the Bay of Aboukir; legend above: ALMIGHTY GOD HAS BLESSED HIS MAJESTY'S ARMS, and in exergue: VICTORY OF THE NILE / AUGUST . 1 . 1798

    MARKINGS:

    on edge: incuse legend: FROM ALEXR DAVISON, ESQR ST. JAMES' SQUARE = A TRIBUTE OF REGARD

    maker: Made by Matthew Boulton, of the Soho Mint, Birmingham, to dies produced by C. H. Kuchler

  • Place
  • Associated Place
  • Other Id

    2015.x.103

    BHM 447

    Spink: 37

  • Department

Images and documents

Artefact

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2015.x.103
  • Primary Maker

     Alexander Davison (Issued by)

     Conrad Kuchler (Medallist)

     Matthew Boulton (Engraver)

     Soho Mint (Struck by)

  • Place
  • Date
    Circa 1798
  • Associated Notes

    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 107

    http://www.hmstheseus.co.uk/theseus1.htm

  • Associated Event
    Napoleonic Wars; 1803-1815
    Battle of the Nile
  • Associated Person

     Lord Horatio Nelson (Associated person)

     HMS Theseus (Associated vessel)

     Royal Navy (Associated military force)

  • Associated Place
  • Associated Date
    1798
  • Period
  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Description
    diameter: 47mm
  • Measurement Reading

    47mm

  • Subject Category
  • Classification
  • Last Update
    15 May 2023

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