History, Information, and Value of 1741 Admiral Vernon in Cartagena Medal
Value of 1741 Admiral Vernon in Cartagena Medal
This medal celebrated what was deemed Admiral Edward Vernon’s success over the Spanish. The English celebrated his victories with many similarly designed medals. In actuality, the British lost the battle at Carthagena and suffered heavy losses. Obverse depicts Vernon on the left facing three-quarters right and British Naval Commander Sir Chaloner Ogle on the right facing left. Vernon wears a suit, hat and holds a baton in his left hand while his right hand is extended towards Ogle who has a baton in his left and his right is extended. The legend around the two men states, “Admiral Vernon and Sr. Chaloner Ogle. Reverse depicts two ships sailing towards a fort, while two forts in the center are connected by a chain behind which is a small boat. Over the boat is written, “Don Blass”. The city is in the background and the flagstaff points up at “e” on the legend, which reads, “True British heroes took Carthagena.”
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Admiral Vernon and Sr Chaloner Ogle | and | True British Heroes Took Carthagena; April 1741; Don | Blass.