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Thames Tunnel Medal

Object Number: 
1845 or later
White metal
diameter: 1 15/16 in. ( 4.9 cm )
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at center: "J. TAYLOR/MEDALLIST BIRMm." Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at left: "J. TAYLOR" Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at right: "BIRMm."
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting nude male bust facing left with legend: "SIR ISAMBART MARC BRUNEL, F.R.S. & c." Reverse depicts image of Thames Tunnel with legend above: "LONGITUDINAL SECTION OF THE THAMES TUNEL/FROM ROTHERHITE TO WAPPING 12OO FT/L 180.000SUBSCRIBED BY PROPRIETORS/BY PARLIAMENTARY GRANT/L 270.000"; inscription in exergue: "COMMENCED 1825/BROKEN IN MAY 1827 & JAN 1828/SUSPENDED TILL 1835/OPENED TO PEDESTRIANS/1845."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group