”Blackbirds tend to like shiny objects” ~ The Bloody Raven
Another major coin show score! The second item of the Coin show booty I was just as excited to get this coin, or on second look a round that eventually turned out to be a medal. There was very little information available on this magnificent piece. Yet, this has some great vintage feel to it as I get into the research.
First let’s see this big medal close up.
Is it cold enough for you Governor? ~ The unofficial First Polar bear swimmer.
This English Trade ship traveled into Hudson’s Bay in 1668 was tasked to find and establish a suitable central location to open the Fur Trade in new region. The adventurous Frenchmen Groseillier & Radisson believed in an alternate sea route to reach the Fur rich lands of the expansive continent and thus avoiding the arduous travel over rugged terrain.
The Nonsuch, captained by Zachariah Gillam, reached the southern tip of James Bay on September 29th,1668 while the accompanying ship, The Eaglet along with Mr. Radisson, was forced to turn back due to stormy weather.
The men of the Nonsuch pulled their Ketch out of the freezing waters and built a cabin to winter down at the shore of James Bay. Come the following spring the crew traded with the local Cree Indians before returning to England in October 1669 with a cargo of furs. The venture was not quite profitable but the fact that there was now a proven sea access to these fur bearing grounds validated Radisson and Groseillier’s sea route theory and garnered more support from their eager investors. King Charles II thereby granted the Charter for the Hudson’s Bay Company on May 2nd,1670.
Beginning with the Hallmark this medal was not a Canadian Mint product.
John Pinches learned metal engraving from his cousin William Taylor and in 1840 before John Pinches Medalist was established in London. Since striking the Commemorative for opening of the Crystal Palace in 1854 became a prominent producer of medals.
The John Pinches Medalist was changed into a company to the name John Pinches Medalist Limited in 1940 until up 1969 when it was acquired by the Franklin mint. Even after the sale of the company to the Franklin mint, the John Pinches name was still used on the products from the same London factory for some time after 1974.
So this medal was Issued as part of the BRITISH MARITIME HISTORY commemorative series of 100 medals in 1974.
Nonsuch’s Crew compliment of 12; Captain Zachariah Gilliam, Mr. Groseillier, two ship’s mates, a surgeon, and 7 crew members.
In 1968 The Hudson’s Bay Company ordered a full sized replica built by J. Hinks and Son shipyard, in Appledore, England in celebration for the 1970 Hudson’s Bay Company’s 300 year anniversary. When the Replica was completed she was transported by MV Halifax City to Canada. After sailing both coasts and the great lakes the 1970 Nonsuch donated to the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg where she now on permanent display.
The original was built at Wivenhoe Essex England in 1650 Originally as a merchant vessel. 1654 saw this ship in the Royal Navy, captured by the Dutch in 1658, recaptured by the Royal navy in 1660, and 1667 sold out of the Royal Navy and finally purchased by the Expedition Investors from Sir William Warren in 1668.
As a Royal Navy vessel she would be armed with 6 two Pounder smooth bore cannons with a crew compliment of 24.
And for my Banknote friends
I hope you enjoyed this medal feature, thank you for stopping by for a read.
“Et lux in tenebris to serve laboro, sum sicarius” “I work in the shadows to serve the Light, I am an Assassin”