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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boulton, Matthew, born 1728 - died 1809 (manufacturer)
    Küchler, Conrad Heinrich (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the late Jas. W. Fleming

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery, case 2

Object Type
This medal was made to celebrate Admiral Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October, 1805.

Conrad Heinrich Kchler (active 1763 - after 1821), the medal's designer, was born in Flanders and was first recorded as a die-sinker in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1763. He worked elsewhere in Germany and then in France. Kuchler probably arrived in England in about 1790, where he was employed at Matthew Boulton's Soho mint in Birmingham until perhaps 1806. While in Birmingham, he seems also to have cut dies for many coins, including Portuguese, Danish and Russian ones.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)


ca. 1805 (made)


Boulton, Matthew, born 1728 - died 1809 (manufacturer)
Küchler, Conrad Heinrich (designer)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with the initials of Küchler and with inscriptions commemorating the battle and recording its presentation by Boulton


Height: 0.2 cm, Diameter: 4.8 cm

Object history note

Manufactured by Matthew Boulton (born in Birmingham,1728, died there in 1809) at the Soho Mint, Birmingham; designed by Conrad Heinrich Küchler

Descriptive line

Medal depicting a bust of Lord Nelson, celebrating the Battle of Trafalgar

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1877, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 143.

Production Note

Manufactured by Matthew Boulton at the Soho Mint, Birmingham

Subjects depicted

Seascape; Battles; Portraits; Seamen; Commemoration; Men; Ships; Noblemen; War; Patriotism; Military uniforms; Frigates


Coins & Medals; A Year of Objects: October, Trafalgar Day


Sculpture Collection

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