Reference numberM
DescriptionA collection of medals and tokens, largely scientific awards, but with some miscellaneous items in base and precious metals. The core of the series consists of specimens of the Society's own 15 medals and awards, from the earliest (the Copley, first award 1731, first medal 1736) to the most recent (the Gabor Medal 1989). This includes some given to named Fellows and returned to the Society as gifts or bequests. Other items include prizes of foreign scientific academies, and pieces commemorating individual Fellows and Foreign Members.

The Royal Society King Charles II Medal was instituted by Council in 1997. It is awarded at the discretion of Council only to foreign Heads of State who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country, The Medal is awarded only in exceptional circumstances and is normally presented on the occasion of a State Visit. The first medal was awarded in 1998 to His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, the second to the Prime Minister of India in 2007
Extent268 medals
NotesA handlist is available giving descriptions of each piece, including awarding body, date and physical appearance. An early printed catalogue provides some useful information: 'List of portraits and busts and catalogue of medals in the possession of the Royal Society', (London 1892).
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