1055128 | GREAT BRITAIN. Admiral Vernon. 1739 Bath Metal Medal. PCGS AU58. Edge: Plain. 10.51gm. THE BRITISH GLORY REVIV D BY ADMIRAL VERNON (N's reversed). Half-length figure of Vernon standing facing left, holding baton, cannon and anchor at either side / HE TOOK PORTO BELLO WITH SIX SHIPS ONLY (N's reversed); NOV • 22 • 1739 in exergue. Ships under sail within harbor of Portobelo. Betts 224; MI-ii 539/124; Adams-Chao PBvi 6-G.

On the Capture of Fort of Portobelo in Panama.


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Friction caused by the Spanish searching British ships trading with the West Indies led to Admiral Edward Vernon's boast in 1739 that he could capture the heavily defended Fort of Portobelo with six ships of the line. This he did on 20 November 1739. He went on to capture in March 1740 the port of Chagres in Panama, an important depot for the trans-shipment of gold and silver bullion from South America to Spain.

GREAT BRITAIN. Admiral Vernon. 1739 Bath Metal Medal. PCGS AU58. Edge: Plain. 10.51gm. THE BRITISH GLORY REVIV D BY ADMIRAL VERNON (N's reversed). Half-length figure of Vernon standing facing left, holding baton, cannon and anchor at either side / H

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