Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


ADAMS, George Gammon:  England, 1893, Bronze, 76 mm
Obv: Conjoined busts of the Duke and Duchess   T.R.H. THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK.  MDCCCXCIII
Rev: The Duke and Duchess advancing in a triumphal car driven by Cupid and drawn by two horses approach an archway, inscribed FELICITAS and on post G M, and are welcomed by Londinia presenting them with a cornucopia.
Exergue:  JULY 6, 1893.
Signed:  G.G. ADAMS. D.F
Issued by the Corporation of the City of London (#25)
Ref: Welch # 25; Eimer 207/1780; BHM 414/3452;  Weiss BW667

George Frederick Ernest Albert (1865-1936), Prince of Wales, Duke of York (1865-1936), and King George V (1910-1936) was the second son of Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), and the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), the eldest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark. George V was the first British monarch belonging to the house of Windsor, as a result of his creating it from the British branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. On July 6, 1893 George married Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes), later Queen Mary (1867-1953). Queen Mary was the Queen Consort of George V of the United Kingdom, the Empress of India and Queen of Ireland. Before her accession, she was also Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of York. In her own right she held the title of a Princess of Teck in the Kingdom of Württemberg with the style "Her Serene Highness".

In Numismata Londinensia, Welch incorrectly added the words "MARRIAGE OF’ to the obverse inscription of this medal.  Brown asserts that Welch assumed that the medal would have that inscription since the date on the medal was, in fact, the date of the marriage between of the Duke and Duchess of York.