Commemorative, Historical and Art Medals (6 December 2012)

Date of Auction: 6th December 2012

Sold for £410

Estimate: £300 - £400

Dublin Exhibition, 1853, a hollow copper award by W. and L.C. Wyon, similar, edge named (First Prize Medal of the Dublin Exhibition, awarded to George Russell Esqr of Wilmington Hall, Kent, for Hops), 77mm (cf. Allen A10, 15/15; cf. BHM 2462; cf. E 1456). About extremely fine, extremely rare £300-400


The obverse seems to be struck from an altered 1851 Great Exhibition die, with the removal of the words ‘Royal Mint’ from the bottom right field and the addition of II after the original date. The reverse die is Allen 15 with no stop after ‘Wyon’.

George Russell (†February 1856, aged 61) is buried in the family vault at Wilmington churchyard