Medal commemorating the British victories of 1759

Medal commemorating the British victories of 1759. Obverse: Bust of George II (left), laureate, hair long, in armour, with Ribbon and Star of Garter. Legend: 'GEORGIVS . II . REX .' Reverse: A shield bearing a reversed lily within a ribbon inscribed 'PERFIDIA EVERSA' (perfidy overthrown), supported by the lion of England and the horse of Hanover. On a band below: 'W . PITT . AUSP . GEO . II . PR . MI .' (William Pitt, Prime Minister, under the auspices of George II.) Exergue: 'MDCCLIX.' Around are inscribed the successes of the year, with the names of several commanders and the dates. 'NIAGARA IOHNSON JULY . 25. QUEBEC WOLFE. MONCKN. TOWNSD. SEP. 13 & 18. CROWN POINT AMHURST AUG. 4. HAWKE. QUIBERON NOV. 20 GUADALOUPE. BARINGN. MOORE. MAY. I. MINDEN. FERDINAND. AUG. I. LAGOS. BOSCAWEN. AUG. 19.'

The land and sea victories commemorated on this medal demonstrate the global reach of the Seven Years War: Fort Niagara, Crown Point and Quebec in North America; Quiberon Bay off the French coast; Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean; and Lagos off the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.

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