Obverse Design Legend curving above says "THE . SPANISH . PRIDE . PULLD . DOWN . BY . ADMIRAL . VERNON .". There is a line enclosing the legend. A full length Vernon (without a hat) is on the left, facing right. In his right hand is a sword. With his left hand he is receiving the sword of Don Blass. Don Blass is on the right and facing left (towards Admiral Vernon), and is kneeling on both knees. He is handing his sword to Admiral Vernon using both hands. The sword is angled with the hilt close to Don Blass and the point further away. In the field above Don Blass's head is the legend "DON BLASS" (in two lines). The ground is depicted as a line under Admiral Vernon and Don Blass. Admiral Vernon is on a slight mound. Below the line is a shell ornament with leaf-like ornaments coming out of it. Two leaves are on the right and three on the left. The shell is leaning slightly to the left. The medal has short dentures or beads along the rim.
Reverse Design Legend curving along the top says "WHO . TOOK . PORTO . BELLO . WITH . SIX . SHIPS . ONLY :". There is an inside line enclosing the legend. In exergue (under a line along the bottom of the medal) it says: "NOV . 22 . 1739 .". There is an ornaments of four leaves with two stems crossed below the date. The center is the attack on Portobello. The six ships are lined up two in the top row and four in the bottom row. All the ships are sailing to our left. There are waterlines under the bottom row of ships. There are no other boats or vessels depicted. A crooked tower starts under the second "L" and ends up pointing at the "O". Two steeples point to the "W" and the "T". The medal has short dentures or beads along the rim.
Distinctions There are about fourteen varieties where Don Blass is kneeling in front of Admiral Vernon. In nine of these Don Blass is on both knees, and eight of those are about 37 mm in diameter. Of those eight, three have the angled sword (where the hilt is closer to Don Blass than the point). Only one has these particular spires ("O", "W" and "T"), with the crooked tower pointing at the "O". Another distinguishing characteristic is no signature; one of the closer varieties has the signature of G. BRADBURY.
Detail On Obverse of VN-4.78 Detail On Reverse of VN-4.78
Detail of VN-4.78
Note Don Blass kneeling on both knees, and the angle of the sword.
Detail of VN-4.78
Note the crooked tower pointing at the "O" and the spires pointing to "W" and "T".
Metal Brass and copper. Weight 11.7 grams. Size and Shape Round, 37 1 mm in diameter.
Rarity Scarce. Designer or Issuer Unknown, perhaps G. Bradbury. Other Catalog Numbers Betts #299, McCormick-Goodhart #174.
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