William Pitt, the eldest, as any good American history student could tell you, was a popular Englishman in America because he supported the American struggle against taxation without representation.
More than 255 years after his January 14, 1766 speech against the Stamp Act, a copper medal in his honor is being auctioned.
The medal is not uncommon, but its existence as an object of interest in British and American numismatic circles is notable.
The Repeal of the Stamp Act medal is part of Dix Noonan Webb’s December 1 and 2 auction, offered on the second day of the sale.
Designed by Thomas Pingo, a famous name in British numismatics, it shows a bust of Pitt on the obverse, facing left, his first name in Latin (GVLIELMVS).
The reverse bears the famous legend in seven lines: THE MAN WHO SAVED THE PARENT PLEADED SUCCESS FOR HIS CHILDREN.
The legend is a reference, of course, to his crown service in Parliament and other roles, as well as, in particular, his coming to the defense of the colonies.
Defense of settlements
When C. Wyllys Betts wrote American colonial history illustrated by contemporary medals in 1894 (where this medal is cataloged as Betts 516) he wrote that “his argument in 1765 and 1766 against the Stamp Act, and England’s right to tax the colonies, made him loved in America , and his famous speech in 1775 on the American War and the Boston Harbor Bill, and that against the use of Indians to fight the American colonies in 1777, are too well known to Americans to need comments. “
While this was probably true over 125 years ago, today we may need a search engine-assisted refresher course. Running out of space, we avoid further comments.
The medal measures 40 millimeters in diameter, roughly the size of an American Eagle silver dollar, or the British “crown” coin which gives their name to other coins of this size.
Cataloged by Christopher Eimer as Eimer 713 in British historical medals and their values, it’s a kind of international crossover article.
The company rates the About Extremely Fine medal and has awarded an estimate of Â£ 100 to Â£ 120 ($ 135 to $ 162).
Order : William Pitt Bronze Medal of 1766
State: About Extremely good
Place of auction: London
Auction dates: December 1 and 2, 2021
Details: The common copper medal is of interest to both American and British collectors