The Relief of Gibraltar 1783 by General Eliott. White Metal Medal by J. C. Reich. The obverse with a bust of General Eliott in a cocked hat, pigtail & uniform with the legend: 'ELLIOT AN MARTIS SOCIVS NON: IVPITER IPSE EST.' (Whether Elliot be the fellow of Mars or not, he is a very Jupiter.). The reverse: view of the rock of Gibraltar being bombarded, shells bursting, batteries (left) and ships (right) in foreground. Legend: 'VICTRIX IN FLAMIS VICTRIX GIBRALTAR IN UNDIS.' (Gibraltar victorious alike amid flames and through waves.) Exergue: 'MDCCLXXXIII.
General Eliott was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1777. From 1779 until 1783 Gibraltar was besieged by French & Spanish forces. In 1782 the French and Spanish attacked with 100,000 men, 48 ships and 450 cannon. The garrison held its position and by 1783 the siege was finishing. The British Parliament showed their appreciation by nominating General Eliott to be a Knight of the Bath.
Generally in good condition with some marks in fields and a small copper plug. Note the spelling of Eliott as Elliot. Please study the photographs for a more precise condition report.
44 mm diameter.