How about this announcement about a never-produced medal of Charles from the time of his mother's coronation in 1953?
Coronation Medal of Charles – but 1953
Ahead of the King's Coronation on 6th May, the Department of Coins and Medals at the British
Museum has purchased from numismatic consultant Daniel Fearon, a bronzed galvano of a
medal of the King that was intended to be a speculative issue by Messrs John Pinches at the time
of his mother's Coronation in 1953. The company used several portraits of the Queen on the
various medals they had been commissioned to strike but, it would seem, there was little
commercial interest in a medal of Prince Charles.
The sensitive and well-modelled child portrait is not signed but almost certainly the work of
Leslie Ernest Pinches (1903-1980). Whilst no actual medals were struck a couple of trial pieces
came on the market in 1987-88, when the Pinches Archive was sold in two auctions at Messrs.
Glendining & Co.. The Museum also acquired galvanos of The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess
Margaret produced at the same time.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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