1845 Smithfield Club 49mm Silver Medal - By Wyon

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Eimer 1400, BHM 2218.

49mm. Silver. By W.Wyon.

Obverse with draped bust of John Charles Earl Spencer, reverse with bust of Charles Duke Of Richmond. Edge engraved 'John H Elwes, Colesborne, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, As Breeder Best Pen Of Sheep In Class XLI, 1883'.

Some light hairlines otherwise About Uncirculated with prooflike toned surfaces and housed in contemporary fitted case.

Henry John Elwes, FRS (16 May 1846 – 26 November 1922) was a British botanist, entomologist, author, lepidopterist, collector and traveller who became renowned for collecting specimens of lilies during trips to the Himalaya and Korea. He was one of the first group of 60 people to receive the Victoria Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1897. Author of Monograph of the Genus Lilium (1880), and The Trees of Great Britain & Ireland (1906–1913) with Augustine Henry, as well as numerous articles, he left a collection of 30,000 butterfly specimens to the Natural History Museum, including 11,370 specimens of Palaearctic butterflies. He combined horticulture with entomology and big game hunting with estate management and raising prize-winning show livestock, and sitting on the district council.