1055328 | GREAT BRITAIN. Admiral Vernon. 1739 Bath Metal Medal. PCGS XF40.
Edge: Plain. 17.77gm. VICE · AD : RL · OF THE BLEW; & COM : ER · IN CHIEF · ALL HIS MAI : SHIPS IN THE WEST · INDIES around; A · VIEW · OF · FORT · CHAGRE at right, THE · HON : EDWARD VERNON · ESQ in exergue. Half-length figure of Vernon facing slightly right, in background, tree and row of buildings in front of ship under sail right on sea /
PORTO BELLO TAKEN BY ADMIRAL VERNON WITH SIX MEN OF WAR ONLY · NOV · 22 · ANNO DOM · 1739 ·. Six ships under sail right within harbor of Portobelo. Betts 277; cf. Eimer 554; MI-547/153; Adams-Chao FCv 3-B.
On the Capture of Fort Chagres in Panama.
Please use this link to verify the PCGS certification number 37057807 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.