• Code 10503

JERNEGANS LOTTERY


AR.  38.3mm.  BOTH HANDS FILL’D FOR BRITAIN. Minerva, standing, holding spear and palm branch, with the emblems of art, war, etc. at her feet. T (for Tanner) on ground to r., GEORGE REIGNING in ex.  R. GROWING ARTS ADORN EMPIRE. Queen Caroline, crowned, holding a sceptre, watering plants. T (for Tanner) on ground to r., CAROLINE PROTECTING 1736 in ex.  TB3  1714.    DWp.318.3-4; MG 1228; M.I. ii. 517.

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These tickets were given to purchasers of shares in a Lottery drawn in 1737. The lottery was encouraged by Queen Caroline and 30,000 medals were struck. The prize was a giant silver wine cistern weighing 255 Kg. Its maker, Henry Jernegan, a gold and silversmith of Russell Street, Covent Garden, had failed to sell it. Funds from the sale of the tickets went towards the rebuilding of Westminster Bridge.


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