Vernon & Brown portraits Medal

Approximate Current Value: $

Diameter: 38.5 mm
Mintage/Proof: NA / NA
Weight: NA
Metal: Bronze
I Own 1739 Betts Admiral Vernon Medals (1739-1741)

History, Information, and Value of 1739 Admiral Vernon and Brown portraits Medal

Value of 1739 Admiral Vernon and Brown portraits Medal

This medal celebrated Admiral Edward Vernon’s success over the Spanish. The English celebrated his victories with many similarly designed medals. While not historically accurate, this medal depicts Don Blas, the commander of the Spanish Fleet, kneeling before Vernon and surrendering his sword. In actuality, Blas escaped before the English took the fleet. Vernon, on the left, faces to the three-quarters right, his right hand receiving Blas’s sword. Behind Blas sails a ship with the cross of St. George. Around the image states, “The pride of Spain humbled by Admiral Vernon” and Blas is recognized by his name appearing over his head. Reverse depicts the six ships sailing to the right, entering the harbor. The legend states, “He took Porto Bello with six ships only” and in exergue “Nov 22 1739”. Since the British success over the Spanish fleet and Blas took place in 1741, we can hereby date this medal by that year.

The obverse and reverse text read as follows: The Pride of Spain Humble.d by Admiral Vernon | and | He Took Porto Bello With Six Ships Only; Nov. 22. 1739.