1974 Churchill Centenary Gold Medals, by Gregory
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can)
A trio of 22 carat gold medallions of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill by Gregory & Co Jewellers Ltd, issued for the centenary of Churchill's birth 1874 - 1974.
The two larger sizes were also produced in silver.
The Gold Medallions
A whole rash of commemorative medallions were issued after the death of the great man in 1965, and a further few on the centenary of his birth in 1974. These medallions vary greatly in size and quality. Some are very impressive, being struck in a large size, and with high relief giving great detail.
Each medallion is similar except for its size.
A large and inpressive facing portrait of Churchill wearing a spotted bow tie and a three-piece suit. The legend (inscription) reads:
WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL
1874 - 1974
The design on the reverse shows a number of artefacts and implements which were associated with Churchill, all superimposed on that looks like a representation of the Cross of St. George:
The whole of the reverse is surrounded by a garter, as in the Order of the Garter, with its inscription:
- A ceremonial sword, signifying he was a a Knight of the Garter.
- A quill pen, inkstand, blotter, and open book. Churchill was a reknowned author, and 1953 winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature.
- A trowel. Churchill was a freemason.
- A scroll, probably a diploma. He held a number of honorary doctorates.
- An academic cpa with plumes. He was rector or chancellor of at least three unversities.
- Brush stands. Chuchill was a keen artist.
HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
The edge is plain, apart from the hallmark showing it to be 22 carat gold, with the sponsor's mark G & Co Ld, from the London Assay Office.
1974 Churchill Centenary Medallion||56.5||134.05||.916 (22)||3.9065
1974 Churchill Centenary Medallion||37.5||42.65||.916 (22)||1.2570
1974 Churchill Centenary Medallion||21.5||7.65||.916 (22)||0.2255
Set of 3 Medallions|| ||184.35||.916 (22)||5.4331
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Set Of Three Medallions, 1974 Churchill Centenary
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Sir Winston Spencer Churchill
Gold Medals Index
Reverse of 1966 British Prime Ministers Gold Medal