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Medals and Trial Pieces

Medals and Trial Pieces

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Medals and Trial Pieces, Great Britain, The Royal Society, London, founded 1660, the Royal Medal awarded in 1870 to the palaeontologist Thomas Davidson (1817-1885), large and heavy gold medal, by William Wyon, diademed bust l., VICTORIA REGINA SOC: REG: LOND: PATRONA., date of accession below, MDCCCXXXVIII, rev. standing figure of Sir Isaac Newton in classical robes, drawings of his theories to left and right, REGINAE MVNIFICENTIA ARBITRIO SOCIETATIS, edge engraved with recipient’s name, ‘THOMAS DAVIDSON 1870’, 73mm., wt. 296.50gms. (BHM.1885, R4; Eimer 1322; Cheek, J., Monarchy, Money & Medals, London 2018, p.154,14), with green leather and velvet-lined case of issue, certified and graded by NGC as Proof 62 Ultra Cameo, a truly magnificent medal and extremely rare
Awarded to Davidson ‘For his works on the recent and fossil Brachiopoda, more especially his series of monographs in the publications of the Palaeontographical Society’. The award was created by George IV and first awarded in 1826.
Davidson was a Scottish born, highly intelligent, multi-lingual scientist who, from 1837, devoted his life to the study of Brachiopoda and his Monograph of British Fossil Brachiopoda, was published continuously from 1850 until 1886, after his death. He also published the entire series of Brachiopoda collected on the HMS Challenger expedition.

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$ 12,500.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 375 in Baldwin's of St James's Auction 41 - The New York Premier Sale
AUCTION DATE: Dec 3, 2019 at 5:30pm EST

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