King Edward VII Coronation Medal

The King Edward VII Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal issued in 1902 to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

King Edward VII Coronation Medal
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King Edward VII Coronation Medal in silver
Mayor's Coronation Medal 1902 obverse.jpg Mayor's Coronation Medal 1902 reverse.jpg
Medal awarded to Mayors and Provosts
Awarded by United Kingdom
TypeMedal
Awarded forParticipation in coronation
Statistics
Established1902
Last awarded1903
RelatedEdward VII Police Coronation Medal
UK King Edward VII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg
King Edward VII Coronation Medal
UK King Edward VII Mayors and Provosts Coronation Medal ribbon.svg
Mayors and Provosts Coronation Medal

IssueEdit

The medal was awarded in silver and bronze.[1] It was issued in silver to members of the Royal family, dignitaries, senior government officials and service officers who were present at the coronation ceremony, performed extra work in its preparation, or who were involved in the coronation parade. Selected NCOs and other ranks at the coronation parade received the medal in bronze.[1] The bronze medal was also given to one seaman or marine of 'very good' character on each ship at the Spithead Naval review held on 16 August 1902.[2] The two members of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service who nursed the King during his pre-coronation illness received bronze medals.[1]

The medal was worn on the left chest from a ribbon with other coronation and jubilee medals. These were worn before campaign medals until November 1918,[3] after which the order of wear was changed, with such commemorative medals now worn after campaign medals and before long service awards.[4] Ladies could wear the medal near their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.[3]

DescriptionEdit

  • Designed by Emil Fuchs.[1]
  • It is oval, 30 by 38 millimetres (1.2 in × 1.5 in) and surmounted by a crown. [5]
  • The obverse has a profile of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, crowned and facing left and surrounded by a wreath that forms the rim of the medal.[5]
  • The reverse shows the king's cypher above the date 26 June 1902, surrounded by a wreath in the same form as on the obverse. [5]
  • It was awarded unnamed.[3]

Due to the king falling ill with appendicitis, the coronation, planned for 26 June 1902, had to be postponed while the monarch recovered from surgery, and the coronation was actually held on 9 August 1902. This change happened too late to be reflected on the medals, which bear the earlier date.[1]

Different versionsEdit

  • The medal awarded to Royalty, officials, dignitaries and the armed forces, described above, has a ribbon of dark blue with one central red stripe and white edges on either side.[6]
  • The special medal, in silver only, awarded to Mayors and Provosts is circular, but otherwise of a broadly similar design. It has a ribbon of dark blue with red edges and a narrow white central stripe.[6]
  • The Police Coronation Medal was a larger circular medal of a different design, awarded in both silver and bronze, suspended from a ribbon of red with a narrow blue central stripe.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. pp. 19–23. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  2. ^ H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. p. 107 Published A. H. Baldwin & Son, London. 1956.
  3. ^ a b c Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. pp. 3-4. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
  4. ^ "No. 32300". The London Gazette. 22 April 1921. p. 3184.
  5. ^ a b c John W. Mussell, editor. Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 289. Published Token Publishing Limited, Honiton, Devon. 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "United Kingdom: Ribbon Chart 6 - Campaign Medals, Polar Medals & Royal Medals". Medals of the World. Retrieved 3 February 2015.