Lot 2

William Pitt, French and Indian War, Montreal Taken, Conquest of Canada Complete, Silver Medal, 1760
obverse: The Saint Lawrence River at rest under laureate triumph to Amherst, with beaver, French arms in exergue, reverse: captive Montreal under pine with eagle and French armorial trophy, cased, diameter 1.4 in — 3.6 cm, inscription to edge: William Pitt Administring [sic]

Commemorating the victory of the British over the French and their native allies in the North American theatre of the Seven Years’ War (The French and Indian War); specifically, the fall of Montreal in September of 1760. The outcome of this was one of the most significant developments in a century of Anglo-French conflict: the ‘Conquest of Canada’ and further expansion of the British Empire. William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, ‘The Great Commoner’ was British Prime Minister, Administrator, Paymaster of the Forces and Secretary of State during much of the conflict, making key military decisions and is much credited with the victory. The inscription of his name and title on the edge of this lot, a space traditionally reserved for the recipient, lauds his role in this victory, and makes this an extremely important and unique example of this rare medal.

Estimate: $3,000—4,000

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