Medal commemorating the capture of Cayenne, 1809

Medal commemorating the capture of Cayenne, 1809. Obverse: The Regent's head (left), laureate. Legend: 'D : JOAM P : G : D : PRINC : REGEN : DE : PORTUGAL, &c.' (John, by the grace of God, Prince Regent of Portugal, etc.) Below: '1809.' Reverse: Inscription (within laurel wreath), '14 . JAN . 1809.' Legend: 'CAYENNA TOMADA A : OS FRANCEZES.' (Cayenne taken from the French.) The island was captured by a Portuguese force and 80 men from HMS 'Confiance'.

Object Details

ID: MEC1562
Collection: Coins and medals
Type: Medal
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Pidgeon, G. F.
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Capture of Cayenne, 1809
Vessels: Confiance (captured 1805)
Date made: 1809
People: King John VI of Portugal; Pidgeon, G. F.
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 51 mm; weight: 68.2 g

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