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Delhi Durbar Medals were instituted by the United Kingdom to commemorate each Delhi Durbar where the new Emperor of India was proclaimed, in 1903 for Edward VII, and in 1911 for George V.[1] On both occasions the medals were one and a half inches in diameter and were awarded in both gold and silver.[2] They were worn in date order alongside Coronation and Jubilee medals on the left chest, suspended from a ribbon one and a quarter inches wide.[3]

Delhi Durbar Medal, 1911
Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 obverse.jpg Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 reverse.jpg
Obverse and reverse of 1911 Durbar Medal
Awarded by United Kingdom and British Raj
TypeCommemoration medal
Awarded forParticipation in Durbar or broader service to the Indian Empire
Total awarded200 gold and 26,800 silver medals
Ribbon - King George V Coronation Medal.png
Ribbon bar

Delhi Durbar Medal, 1911Edit

Obverse: The conjoined crowned busts of King George V and Queen Mary facing left within a floral wreath of roses.
Reverse: A legend in Persian, which translates as The Durbar of George V, Emperor of India, Master of the British Land.[4]

Two hundred gold medals were struck for award to ruling chiefs and high ranking officials. 30,000 silver medals were struck,[5] with 26,800 awarded to civic dignitaries, government officials, and including 10,000 to officers and men of the British and Indian armies.[6] The medal was distributed, not only to those present at the Durbar, but to others throughout India who contributed to the Raj.[7]

The ribbon was the same as for the medal for King George's Coronation, and while the obverse design is the same, the Durbar Medal is larger, being 1½ inches in diameter, compared with 1¼ inches for the Coronation Medal. Both medals could not be worn together, and those eligible for both wore a clasp bearing the word 'Delhi' on the ribbon of the Coronation Medal.[8]

  Durbar clasp for Coronation Medal ribbon

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Christopher McCreery (2012). Commemorative Medals of the Queen's Reign in Canada, 1952-2012. Dundurn. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-1-4597-0756-6.
  2. ^ Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. pp. 24 and 37. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  3. ^ "Order of wear: London Gazette: 22 April 1921, issue: 32300, page:3184".
  4. ^ Yves Arden (1976). Military Medals and Decorations: A Price Guide for Collectors. David and Charles. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-7153-7274-6.
  5. ^ Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. p. 25. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  6. ^ John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 289. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Philip Lecane (15 April 2015). Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli. History Press Limited. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-0-7509-6477-7.
  8. ^ Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. p. 37. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.