Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


ADAMS, George Gammon: England, 1885, Bronze, 77 mm
Obv: Bust of Prince Albert Victor within a wreath of roses, shamrocks, and thistles. Around:  H. R. H. PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR EDWARD OF WALES    Below:  BORN JANUARY 8TH 1864
Rev: The Lord Chamberlain is offering a hand of fellowship to the Prince. In his other hand he is holding a copy of the City Freedom. Behind them, the Lord Mayor stands at a table on which rest the City sword and mace. Princess Alexandra and the Prince of Wales stand on either side.    RECEIVING THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON JUNE 29TH 1885.
Exergue: Arms of the City of London inscribed,  DOMINE DIRIGE NOS
Signed: G.G. ADAMS. D.F.
Mintage: 400
In original, fitted case of issue (see Appendix)
Ref: Welch 20; BHM 350/3182; Eimer 200/1717;  Weiss BW551

Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence and Avondale and Earl of Athlone (1864-1892) was the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra. In 1883, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded an honorary degree of LL.D., which was customary to bestow on princes of the royal family. He joined the British Navy, attaining the rank of captain, and later was appointed aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria. In 1885, the Court of Common Council of the City of London resolved that a congratulatory address should be presented to Queen Victoria with compliments of congratulation to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and that Prince Albert Victor should be presented with the freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in the Guildhall. This medal was issued by the Corporation of the City of London to commemorate the event.

LINK to privileges granted by receiving the Freedom of the City (from cityoflondon.gov)