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Sold on 6 July 2004

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Prize, Training Ship, Nursing & Other Medals from the James N. Spencer Collection

James N Spencer

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№ 921


6 July 2004

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Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Marquis of Granby Medal 1765, by T. Pingo, obverse: laureate head of George III facing right; reverse: robed and helmeted female standing facing left, holding a spear and palm branch, at her feet an owl and shield, with the legend, ‘Praemia Lavdi’ above; in the exergue, ‘D. M. Granby Mag. Gen. Ord. MDCCLXV’ (Henry Rudyard), 36mm., silver, pierced for ring suspension, ref: B.H.M. 93, Eimer 710, Balmer R.121 & R.589, Payne p.196-7, good very fine £100-140

John, The Marquis of Granby was the Master-General of Ordnance and Captain of the Cadet Company of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich during 1763-70. Prize medals in gold and in silver were instituted in 1765 for award to gentlemen cadets who distinguished themselves. Bronze medals are also known to exist. Balmer, in addition, ascribes the same medal to the Irish Ordnance Department which was formed in 1756 and incorporated into the Royal Artillery in 1801.