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Award medal in Dix Noonan Webb London auction

A uniquely edge-engraved gold medal awarded by the Institute of Civil Engineers around 1921 is offered in Dix Noonan Webb’s April 8 auction in London.

Images courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb.

A gold medal offered in Dix Noonan Webb’s April 8 auction in London as part of “A Collection of Historical Medals, the Property of a Gentleman” commemorates two scientific minds from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

The Institute of Civil Engineers awarded the medal to Reginald George Cyril Batson (and it is marked on the edge with his name) for his achievements during the 1920 and 1921 “session,” the medal says.

The medal depicts George Stephenson on the obverse, and Stephenson’s Locomotive No. 2 (Rocket), on the reverse.

Though dated 1848, the Stephenson Medal was first issued circa 1881, designed by J.S. & A.B. Wyon.

George Stephenson was the engineer for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, one of the earliest railways to open in England.

Stephenson’s Rocket was an early steam locomotive of 0-2-2 wheel arrangement. Rocket was not the first steam locomotive, but it marked a turning point in locomotive design and became the standard for decades.

Batson was also an engineer and authored at least two books: Mechanical Testing: A Treatise in Two Volumes; and Roads: Their Alignment, Layout and Construction.

His award medal measures 48 millimeters in diameter and weighs 64.71 grams.

It is cataloged as  BHM 2311 in British Historical Medals 1760-1960, by Laurence Brown, and Eimer-1429 in British Commemorative Medals and Their Values by Christopher Eimer.

The offered medal is “virtually as struck,” and comes in a fitted case. The auction house provides a pre-sale estimate of £3,000 to £4,000 ($3,624 to $4,831 U.S.).

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