Philately and Numismatics

 

Philately

For the Indian stamps and first day philatelic brochures held at the Center, click on the links below:

Dr. William Carey                Serampore College, Est. 1818        

Rev. William Ward               Raja Rammohun Roy

Baptist Missionary Society 150th Anniversary Celebration Issues

To view the Indian government's stamp for Serampore College, click here.

 

Numismatics

The Center holds several significant coins as well as exonumia associated with William Carey.  Click on the links below to view these items:

East India Company Coins

Chartered by the British Crown, the British East India Company's rule in India lasted from 1600 to 1857.  The Company  established a trading station in Calcutta in 1699, and during the eighteenth century gradually acquired the land of Bengal.   During Carey's work in Bengal, he had to seek refuge in the Danish colony of Serampore because of the Company's oppressive authority and policy forbidding the proselytizing of Indian natives.

 

East India Company Coin, 1808

Obverse Detail (the Latin phrase above the date reads, "Ausp: Regis & Senat: Anglia" (under the auspices of the King and Senate of England)

Reverse Detail (the language is Persian)

 

Newark, Nottinghamshire, Token for One Penny, 1811

Obverse Detail, Edge Inscription:  "Newark Token for One Penny, 1811"

Reverse Detail, Edge Inscription:  "The Current Value Payable in Cash Notes" Centered text:  "T. Stansall, Charles Moor, Richd Fisher, Wm Fillingham, Wm Readett,  T. Wilson"

 

East India Company Coin, One Cent, 1845

Obverse Detail, "VICTORIA QUEEN"

Reverse Detail, Edge Inscription: "EAST INDIA COMPANY 1845"    Center Inscription: "ONE CENT"

 

Emperor Akhbar Coin, Mughal Emperor, 1556-1605 (Punjab and area surrounding Delhi)

Obverse

Reverse

 

Counterfeit Coin

 

Brass Shilling, 1812

This coin, which is item 11 in the Carey Collection, is a later version of the counterfeit shilling that William Carey encountered while an apprentice.

Obverse

Reverse

 

 

Exonumia

 

Richard, Marquess of Wellesley, Governor General of Bengal, India, 1797-1805

The obverse side of this medal presents an image of Richard Colley Wellesley (1760-1842), the Governor General of Bengal, India, 1797-1805.

The reverse side of this medal presents an image of the battle at Seringapatam, May 4, 1799.  [Photography care of Ian Mahy.]

To view Wellesley's handwriting and signature from 1833, click here.

 

Baptist Missionary Society's Jubilee Anniversary Medal

Reverse Side Detail

    This 1842 medal commemorates the establishment of the BMS in 1792.  

    On the obverse side, the top reads, "Baptist Mission Jubilee 1842."  The description at the bottom reads, "The House at Kettering in Which the Baptist Missionary Society Was Formed Oct 2nd 1792."  To view a color picture of this house, click here.

    On the reverse side, the circular statement reads, "Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.  Zech. c. 4, v. 6."  The clockwise portraits are of William Carey, Andrew Fuller, Samuel Pearce, John Sutcliff, and John Ryland.  

 

Baptist Church, Cannon Street, Birmingham, England

        Struck in 1837 to commemorate the centenary of Cannon Street Church, the obverse of this medal portrays the facade of the church.  Beneath the church is the inscription, "THE FIRST BUILDING ERECTED 1738/ ENLARGED 1763 AND 1780/ PRESENT EDIFICE ERECTED 1806".  Around the church building are the words "BAPTIST MEETING HOUSE CANNON STREET BIRMINGHAM/DIMENSIONS 70 FEET BY 45 FEET".

        The reverse side of the medal displays in a circle at the edge "THE FIRST PARTICULAR BAPTIST CHURCH IN BIRMINGHAM/ FORMED IN HIGH STREET, AUGUST 24, 1837".  The central portion of the reverse reads "THIS MEDAL COMMEMORATES THE FIRST CENTENARY OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH, CANNON St BIRMINGHAM, AUGUST 24, 1837/ NUMBER OF MEMBERS AT THE FORMATION OF THE CHURCH SEVENTEEN. PRESENT NUMBER OF MEMBERS 742./ PASTOR, THE REVd THOMAS SWAN./ DEACONS, OWEN JOHNSON. JAMES ROOM. JAMES C. PERRY. WILLm WILLCOX. JOHN WHITEHOUSE.S[.]HOWELL./ NOT UNTO US, O LORD, NOT UNTO US, BUT UNTO THY NAME GIVE GLORY. PSALM 115. V 1. 

 

William Carey Medal, 1841 

This 44mm white medal, by the Birmingham medallist J. Davis, displays Carey wearing a frock coat. The reverse reads around the edge "Expect Great Things from God. Attempt Great Things for God.  In the center of the reverse is "Baptist Mission/Formed Octr 2d 1792/Commenced in E. Indies 1793/W. Indies 1813 W. Africa 1840/Stations 157 Missionaries 71/Teachers & Native Preachers 127/Members Upwards of 30,000/Scholars About 18,000/Scriptures Translated into/40 Languages & Dialects/Copies Issued in the /Year 1841 85,000/Slavery Abolished/Augt 1st 1838." The medal has been pierced in order to be worn, retains the original suspension rings, and is in “extremely fine” condition. 

 

John Wesley and Methodist Centenary Medal, 1839

This 48.5mm white metal medal by C. F. Carter celebrates the life of John Wesley and the Centennial of the Methodist Missionary movement.

The obverse side has a profile image of Wesley and reads "John Wesley, M.A. Born June [28th]1703.  Died March 2nd 1791."

The reverse side reads "Centenary of Wesleyan Methodism, 1839"

    An image of the the "Centenary Hall and Mission House London" appears.

    Below the image and inscription, the medal includes Wesley's watchword, "The World is My Parish."

Images courtesy, Howard Simmons, London, England.

 

Church Missionary Society Jubilee Medal, 1848

This 58mm bronze medal by William Wyon celebrates the jubilee of the Church Missionary Society, founded in 1799 by the Church of England.

The obverse side has an image of St. Paul and reads "Church Missionary Society Founded A.D. 1799."

The reverse side includes special circular images of places where the CMS took the Christian message. 

    Included are: "West Africa 1804" "South India 1814" "Mediterranean 1815" "New Zealand 1816" "North India 1816" "Ceylon 1818" "Western India 1820" "N.W. America 1822" "West Indies 1827" "East Africa 1843" "China 1844" "Abbeokouta 1845"

    In the center of the reverse side, the text reads "Jubilee Commemorated 1848" and the interior center reads "All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God"

Images courtesy, Howard Simmons, London, England.

 

Baptist Missionary Society's Centenary Medal

    This 45 mm 1892 medal commemorates the establishment of the BMS in 1792.

    On the obverse side, the top reads "Baptist Missionary Centenary, 1792-1892."  At the bottom, the description reads, "The House at Kettering in Which the Baptist Missionary Society Was Formed Oct 2nd 1792."  To view a color picture of this house, click here.

    On the reverse side, the circular names are "Carey, Fuller, Ward, Marshman."  The four circular portraits depict India, Africa, China, and the West Indies.  The West Indies portrait includes a reference to "Emancipation." 

 

Adoniram Judson Centenary Medal

    This 1914 medal commemorates the 1813 arrival of American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson in Burma.  

    The obverse side reads "First American Baptist Foreign Missionary" and "Arrived in Burma July 13 1813."  

    The reverse side reads "American Baptist Foreign Mission Society" and "Centenary of the Founding of the Society 1814-1914".

 

Kettering Parish Church - Coronation of Edward VII Medal

    This 1902 medal celebrates the coronation of Edward VII.

    The obverse side reads "Coronation • Edward VII • Alexandra"

    The reverse side reads "Kettering June 26th, 1902"

        Images courtesy, Peter Ireland, Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

 

 

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Created:    May 22, 2001                    Updated:    July 6, 2007