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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
2 in. (51 mm) diameter
Inscriptionback to top
Obverse inscribed: JOSEPHUS PRIESTLEY. and below: PHIPSON FECIT
Reverse inscribed: MAGNUS CHRISTIANUS PHILOSOPHUS and: APR: VIII/BRITTANNIAE/LITORA LINQUENS/COLUMBIAM ADVENIT/JUNII IV/MDCCXCIV. with added inscription below: NATUS 13 MART.1733. MORT. 6 FEB.1804.
This portraitback to top
Phipson worked in Birmingham and doubtless knew Priestley. This medal was first struck to commemorate Priestley’s arrival in America in 1794,  the inscription being expanded on his death in 1804. A variant inscription (i decus i nostrum mel[l]ioribus utere fatis; Aeneid, VI, 546) is also recorded.  An indifferent engraving by J. Hopwood 1804 appears to derive from Phipson’s medal. 
Footnotesback to top
1) L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1960: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.381.
2) J. McLachlan, Joseph Priestley: iconography of a great Yorkshireman, 1983, p 53
3) Illus. J. McLachlan, Joseph Priestley: iconography of a great Yorkshireman, 1983, p 42.
Referenceback to top
H. C. Bolton, ‘The Likenesses of Priestley in oil, ink, marble and metal’, in Scientific Correspondence of Joseph Priestley, 1892, p 190.
L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1960: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.565.
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