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1809 50th Year of Reign Medal, George III, Great Britain

Started by wrongmove, September 12, 2021, 05:22:04 PM

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Just trying to find about rarity of this medal - online my searches only come up with two references -\

I have older Spink's catalog on which I have taken photos mentions BHM  -
' Brown 1980 / A catalogue of British historical medals 1760-1960, vol.I: the accession of George III to the death of William IV'

Wondering if anybody have access to this catalog and will be able to help further than 2 links above.

Rare or not, it is brilliant medal and in amazing condition. Thanks


Medals don't work like coins. A coin with a mintage of say 200 000 will be hard to find, especially if the type is demonetised. Medals will be produced in far shorter runs, but they will not be withdrawn. In coin terms, all medals are rarities, except that there are many more coin collectors than medal collectors.

In a situation where demand and supply are both quite low, there is no market price. If you happen to find the right party, the price will be relatively high, but if you can't find anyone interested, it will be metal value only.

It is better to enjoy your medal for what it is, a guaranteed to be genuine antique art object, made by a well known artist, Thomas Wyon.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Thanks Peter.

Absolutely agree you views. Medals are better preserved than coins meant for circulation and made in smaller numbers.

Only correction is this medal is done by medalist J Westwood. Not much information available on him.



I don't see a sig on your medal. I assumed your medal is lot 260.2 in the catalogue you used as background in picture 20210912_155726.jpg above.

John Westwood Jr. and his work come up in Forrer Volume 6, page 459.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.