History, Information, and Value of 1741 Havana and Cartagena Medal
Value of 1741 Havana and Cartagena Medal
This medal celebrated what was deemed Admiral Edward Vernon’s success over the Spanish. In actuality, the British lost the battle at Carthagena and suffered heavy losses. Obverse depicts a full-figured Vernon facing three-quarters left, sword in his right hand and his left on his hip. The field at left displays a castle with three turrets and below that states, “Havana”. A cannon rests at his feet and to the right is a ship in the distance. Around the image states, “Ed. Vernon Esq. Vice Admiral of the blue.” Reverse depicts four ships sailing into a harbor, which is flanked by two forts. On the left hill sits a church with a steeple. Around the image states, “Vernon Conquered Carthagena” and the exergue, which is separated by a leafy ornament states, “April 1, 1741”.