Coin, Commemorative

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

Materials

Copper

Dimensions

Overall (Dia. x W): 2.4 × 0.2cm (15/16 × 1/16 in.)

Date

1823

Physical Description

Coin commemorating Isaac Earlysman Sparrow's June 23, 1823 balloon flight with Charles Green. Sparrow was an Ironmonger from Bishopsgate, London who had an interest in balloons. He paid Green 50 shillings sterling to accompany him on a flight. Sparrow issued these coins to commemorate his experience. Sparrow's profile is on the front, with 'Ironmonger Bishopsgate / London' around the edge. A balloon labeled "Sparrow" is on the reverse, with 'Ascended at Oxford / June 23, 1823' around the edge.

Type

MEMORABILIA

Inventory Number

A20140457000

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