three copper medals of Britannia and her shield

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enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)

Question: what is this one? “three copper medals of Britannia and her shield” If it is only a coin, what is “her shield?”

"Carlo"--said I, one night, as he was marching forward from the quarter-deck, after one of these sea-quadrilles, which took place during my watch on deck:--"Carlo"--said I, "what do the gentlemen and ladies give you for playing?"
"Look!"--and he showed me three copper medals of Britannia and her shield--three English pennies.
 
  • reno33

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    English - USA
    It means that the figure of Britannia included a shield which she was either holding or was placed next to her.
     

    Uncle Jack

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    British English
    This one is more modern than Redburn's time, but the design dates from 1801, The woman is Britannia, and she holds a trident and a shield:
    31319
     

    reno33

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    English - USA
    Very urgent answer reno33:))
    Are we talking about England as an Island and a printed image on a coin representing this figure?
    See Uncle Jack's outstanding picture of the coin depicting Britannia.....that's what I meant.
     
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