Commemorative, Historical and Art Medals (6 December 2012)

Date of Auction: 6th December 2012

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £900 - £1,200

Great Britain, Royal Geographical Society, Scott Medal, 1913, a bronze award by F. Bowcher, uniformed bust of Capt Robert Falcon Scott almost facing, rev. polar scene with five figures advancing right, un-named, 55mm (BHM 4101; E 1933; cf. Poulsom p. 87; cf. DNW 21.9.2007, 263). Tiny graze in obverse field, otherwise virtually as struck, rare; in an unrelated case by Fattorini £900-1,200


The medal was issued to commemorate the Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott during 1910-13. Based on the Terra Nova, the expedition was part scientific and part an attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. The journey to the Pole was begun on 3 November 1911 and on 17 January 1912, the final members of the group making the attempt, Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Oates and Evans, reached the southernmost point, only to discover that a Norwegian party under Amundsen had reached it before them. Their tragic and heroic return journey is well known. Bronze medals were given to the crew of the Terra Nova