102372 | GREAT BRITAIN. Balloon School Royal Engineers silvered bronze Medal.
102372 | GREAT BRITAIN. Balloon School Royal Engineers silvered bronze Medal. Issued circa 1907 (33mm, 17.90 g, 11h). By A. Fenwick.
• H • M • EDWARD • VII • KING • H • M • ALEXANDRA • QUEEN / PROCLAIMED 1901, crowned and mantled jugate busts of Edward and Alexandra left / BALLOON SCHOOL ROYAL ENGINEERS, dirigible flying left above townscape. Edge: Some very inconsequential bruising noted for completeness, otherwise plain.
BHM 3697; Eimer –; Joos 1.260; Button –. Mint State. Quite alluringly toned, with a few lightly scattered marks.
Though the obverse is clearly meant for the proclaiming of Edward VII and Alexandra as the reigning monarchs following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the reverse commemorates the Balloon School Royal Engineers, who were not formed until 1907. As such, it would appear that Fenwick paired this reverse with an earlier type with no real connection. Nevertheless, an early and very interesting British aviation-related type.
Upload: 15 May 2023.