Obverse Design Legend curving above says "ADMIRAL * VERNON * TOOK * PORTO * BELLO". The stops are quatrefoils (four dots in the shape of a diamond). There is an inside line enclosing the legend, and an outside line all along the rim. In the center is a half length figure of Admiral Vernon with his body half turned to our left, but his head 3/4 facing forward. Vernon is holding a baton in his left hand, and his right hand is pointing with one finger a little below the letter "M". The figure of Admiral Vernon goes all the way to the bottom edge of the medal. The medal has a smooth plain raised edge.
Reverse Design Legend curving along the top says "WITH * SIX * SHIPS * ONLY". The stops are quatrefoils. There is an inside line enclosing the legend, and an outside line all along the rim. In exergue (under a line along the bottom of the medal) it says: "NOV 22 1739" with no stops. There are no ornaments below the date. The center is the attack on Portobello. The six ships are lined up two and four, those below in a slightly staggered line. The top two ships are sailing to our right, as are the two left-most ships on the bottom. The other two bottom ships are sailing to our left. There are two small boats in the harbor. There are water lines outside the harbor below the ships. A steeple points right of the letter "X" and a spire to the left of "I". The medal has a smooth plain raised edge.
Distinctions There are a lot of varieties with a half-length Vernon as the main obverse design. Of those, about six have Vernon pointing near the "M" of "ADMIRAL VERNON..." legend. Two of those six are 40 mm in diameter like this one, two are 33 mm and two are 26 mm. The other 40 mm has similar spires but Vernon's thumb is over the "M".
Metal Copper and Brass. Weight 17.6 grams Size and Shape Round, 40 mm in diameter.
Rarity Common. Designer or Issuer Not known. Other Catalog Numbers McCormick-Goodhart #38, Betts unlisted but similar to 183/187.
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