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Medal commemorating the Vasco de Gama tercentenary, 1898

MEC2233
Coins and medals

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Collection Coins and medals, Commemorative medals
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Gama, Vasco daca
Historical Association: Gama, Vasco daca
EventsIndia, discovery of sea passage to, 1498

Object details:

Object ID MEC2233
Description Medal commemorating the Vasco de Gama tercentenary, 1898. Within a knotted rope and wreath of laurel tied with ribbon, bust of the navigator Vasco da Gama (1469?-1524) in high relief. Legend: 'GLORIAM INCLYTO NAVIGATORI VASCO DA GAMA 1498-1898' (Glory to the celebrated navigator Vasco da Gama). Reverse: Within a decorated border and knotted rope, a starboard bow view of a 15th-century ship with swelling sails and crosses upon them; below, a globe banded and surmounted by a cross with, as supporters, the crowned shield of Portugal (left) and another (right), and laurel and oak sprays, the whole in high relief. Legend: 'DESCOBRIMENTO DO CAMINHO MARITIMO PARA A INDIA' (Discoverer of the sea passage to India).
Date made 1898

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Portugal
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bronze
Measurements Overall: 105 mm
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