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East and West Africa Medal (1887-1900): CM.1453-2009

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Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

London (Mint)
Wyon, Leonard Charles (Artist)
Poynter, Edward John (Artist)
Victoria (1837-1901) (Ruler)
With the title of Victoria regina (Ruler)

Description

Peace-keeping operations in the British possessions in Africa, as anywhere else, required a large number of small campaigns, several of which, from 1892 until 1900, were considered to merit this medal, which in terms of design is a continuation of the Ashantee Medal. Eligible recipients of that medal were therefore awarded only extra clasps.
The bar on this medal relates to several expeditions into the Gold Coast area inland from the Gulf of Guinea, roughly equivalent to modern Ghana. The recipient had to have served for the whole period from 27 November 1896 to 27 June 1898, so the bar is rare, as most troops involved qualified for bars for later and shorter periods.
This medal was awarded to Private D. Bryce of the 2nd West India Regiment. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 39.8 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Production date: AD 1900

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left with veil

  • Text: VICTORIA REGINA
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Scene of bush fighting around tree with fallen African to fore

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1453-2009
Primary reference Number: 141547
Watson Catalogue: 376
Ordering: M-0336
Previous object number: LW.0336
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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