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Mysore Campaign Medal: CM.1347-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Issuer: East India Company
Die-engraver: Mair, Mr
Ruler: George III (1760-1820) (Inferred)




Mysore, in the far south of modern India, was the centre of a kingdom from the fifteenth century until 1947, but from the late eighteenth century and especially after the close of the Anglo-Maratha Wars one that felt itself increasingly menaced by the growing territory of the British East India Company. This led Tipu Sultan, the so-called Tiger of Mysore, to make an alliance with France prior to attacking the British Protectorate of Travancore in 1790. The French Revolution of that year meant that the aid on which Tipu had relied did not transpire, and Mysore lost considerable amounts of territory in its subsequent defeat by the British East India Company's forces.
At the close of the campaign, the British government, by means of the East India Co., issued this medal to its Indian troops who had served in it.
This medal is unnamed, and its recipient, who would have been one of the many different nationalities of Indian troops employed by the Company on this campaign, cannot be retrieved. Lester Watson purchased the medal from the dealer Gifford in 1927.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Gifford 1927.

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 15.84 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


Production date: AD 1792

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sepoy holding upright Union Jack and upturned standard of Mysore

  • Text: FOR / SERVICES / IN MYSORE / A.D. 1791-1792
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Central inscription with laurel wreath outside all in Persian marginal inscription

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1347-2009
Primary reference Number: 141441
Watson Catalogue: 253
Ordering: M-0230
Previous object number: LW.0230
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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