History, Information, and Value of 1741 Admiral Vernon in Cartagena Medal
Value of 1741 Admiral Vernon in Cartagena Medal
This medal celebrated Carthagena, which the British fought against the Spanish and lost while suffering heavy causalities. The British created thirty-one different medals celebrating Carthagena, all of which portray the battle inaccurately as a win for the British. This medal displays a half-length figure of Admiral Vernon on the obverse, facing three-quarters left with his right hand extended and his left holding a baton. Two forts flank him in the background and in front of the forts are two ships. The legend states, “I came I saw I conquered” each word separated by a small dot. Reverse displays Carthagena with three ships and four boats sailing towards forts in the middle. The town is displayed in a straight line, the buildings pointing up at the legend, which states, “None more ready non [sic] more brave, April 1741.” The ship in the middle is labeled, “Don Blass”.
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: I Came I Saw I Conquered; Carthagena | and | None More Ready Non [sic] More brave. April 1741; Don Blass.