History, Information, and Value of 1759 Guadeloupe Surrenders Medal
Value of 1759 Guadeloupe Surrenders Medal
After a six-month battle, the French surrendered Guadeloupe to the British in 1759. This classically designed medal commemorated that victory by featuring Britannia on the obverse as she reaches down to a kneeling figure that holds a cluster of sugar canes. Britannia leans against a spear and at her feet is a shield. The legend states, “Guadeloupe surrenders” and in exergue, “May 1, 1759”. The reverse features Pallas wearing a helmet and holding a trident in her right and a standard in her left as she steps onto a galley. The legend names Moore and Barrington on either side of Pallas. The exergue lacks a complete translation but it alludes to art and commerce.
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Gvadalvpe Svrrenders; May I MDCCLIX | and | Moore; Barrington; Soc Prom Arts | And Commerce.