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    Exceptional Unadopted First Opium War Medal

    British Colony. Victoria silver Unadopted "First Opium War" Military Decoration 1842 Gem UNC, 37mm/29.01g. By W. Wyon. Obv: Youthful portrait of Queen Victoria, VICTORIA REGINA at legend. Rev: British lion with paws atop suppressed Chinese dragon, ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM at legend above; NANKING / 1842 in exergue. The first proposed design for the Anglo-Chinese War participants decoration by William Wyon, rejected due to its graphic depiction of a vanquished dragon, the thought being that its illustration might unnecessarily harm the mending of relationships. Extremely rare, only a few examples are known to exist, with our only sales record coming in a July 2010 DNW auction where an example with suspension ribbon attached, likely a prototype, hammered for £3,600. This piece, never having been suspended, is a die match to the example in the Royal Mint Museum. With a bit of die rust below the date, we presume that these were struck in extremely limited qualities at a slightly later date as museum archival copies or for well-connected collector cabinets. This example, similar to the Mint copy, displays wonderful multicolored tone through the fields and surfaces that border on flawless. The high relief design, reaching far above the rims, further compliments the appearance. An item that should be received with seldom-rivaled significance by the collector of Chinese, Hong Kong or British medals.

    The Treaty of Nanking, signed in 1842, marked the end to the First Opium War (1839-1842) that was waged between the United Kingdom and China. Although the war was broadly a result of wide-ranging imbalances in trade between the two nations, it was the dispute over the British importation of opium from India that ultimately gave the war its popular name. While the treaty was largely ineffective, ultimately leading to the Second Opium War (1856-1860), it played a pivotal role in the West's cultural influence in the East, as it was responsible for the secession of Hong Kong to United Kingdom control, where it would remain for the next 156 years.


    從未被採用的第一次鴉片戰爭勛章

    1842年"第一次鴉片戰爭"未被採用勛章。 Gem UNC, 37毫米/29.01克。正面印有維多利亞女王的年輕肖像。背面印了英雄獅子以爪子壓著中國龍,由於描繪了一條被征服的龍,被認為其插圖可能不必要地損害兩國關係。故此幣非常罕見,只有幾枚已知的存在。我們唯一的記錄是在2010年7月的DNW拍賣會上展示,價格為3600英鎊。此枚品相極佳,邊界分明,壓印深,進一步表現了其價值。是中國,香港或英國獎牌收藏家不容錯過的一枚。

    1842年簽署的"南京條約"標誌著英國與中國之間發起第一次鴉片戰爭(1839-1842年)的結束。雖然這場戰爭大體上是兩國之間貿易不平衡的結果,但英國從印度進口鴉片最終成為戰爭中受歡迎的貨品。雖然條約基本上沒有效力,最終導致第二次鴉片戰爭(1856-1860年),但它在東方文化影響力上發揮了關鍵作用,因為它分離了香港到英國的主權,並在未來的156年保持下去。

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