Calendar Medal for 1822 Showing a Bust of Isaac Newton

Calendar Medal for 1822 Showing a Bust of Isaac Newton

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This English calendar medal allows one to find the days of the week for months in 1822. One side shows a bust of Isaac Newton, labeled: S. ISAAC NEWTON. At the top it has the label: A CALENDAR 1822. Around the edge are the 1822 dates of Hilary term, Easter term, Trinity term, and Michaelmas term in the British court system, as well as the dates and times of two partial lunar eclipses.
The reverse side has the numbers from 1 to 31 arranged in a table with seven columns and five rows (the last four squares are empty and marked: BIRMINGHAM). At the top of each column is an abbreviation for the month or months on which Sundays occurred on the dates indicated in that column (e.g. the first column is labeled De and Se, indicating that Sunday occurred on December and September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 in 1822). This table is labeled: Sunday Figures. Dates of various religious holidays are indicated around the table. Listed around the edge are the dates and times of new moons and full moons during the year.
The object came to the Smithsonian from the collection of Henry Russell Wray.
Silke Ackermann, “Maths and Memory: Calendar Medals in the British Museum Part I,” The Medal, Autumn, 2004, vol. 45, esp. pp. 12, 40-41.
David Eugene Smith, The Portrait Medals of Sir Isaac Newton, Ginn, 1912, esp. p. 12.
Currently not on view
Object Name
calendar medal
Date made
ca 1821
date made
ca 1821
place made
United Kingdom: England, Birmingham
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall:.2 cm x 4.2 cm x 4.2 cm; 3/32 in x 1 21/32 in x 1 21/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Newton, Isaac
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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