George IV silver Medal
George IV silver Medal

REBECCA EMES & EDWARD BARNARD I (worked from 1808)

George IV silver Medal

1824 England

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A George IV Medal, London 1824, by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, engraved on one side 'This Medal with Five Pounds, was Presented to James Russell by several Ladies and Gentlemen of Hull as a reward for his Exertions in saving a Child from Drowning August 12th 1824.' Engraved on the reverse with a riddle ' Born before his Father, Begot before his Mother & took the Maidenhead of his Grandmother.'
The riddle, which appears in various versions in texts from the Middle Ages onwards, is a reference to Abel who, being the son of Adam and Eve, neither of whom were born, and the first person to be murdered, was returned to the earth (his grandmother).
Good with some toning.
Height 6.40 cm (2.52 inches)
Width 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Depth 0.30 cm (0.12 inches)
Weight 20.70g (0.67oz t)
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