Jubilee (Police) Medal 1887

Era: 1887

The Jubilee (Police) Medal 1887 was sanctioned by Queen Victoria and issued to all ranks of the Metropolitan and City of London Police and selected civilian staff to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign on 21st June, 1887.


Materials:   The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants.  The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.

Ribbons:    Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed.  Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.

Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.

Ribbon – Plain dark blue

Jubilee (Police) Medal 1887 ribbon
Jubilee (Police) Medal 1887 ribbon

Type – Jubilee Medal

Eligibility – Metropolitan and City of London Police and selected civilian staff

Awarded for – Participation in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee

Established – 1887

Naming – Issued named to the policeman

Clasps – one

Suspender - Straight

Description – The medal itself was struck in bronze, with a diameter of 36mm. The medal's obverse side shows a veiled Queen Victoria profile and the inscription “VICTORIA REGINA”. The reverse side has a wreath with the text “JUBILEE OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA” and the force's name around the reverse's top

Clasps are usually referred to as ‘bars’.  They are single-faced metal bars carried on a ribbon attached to the medal, indicating the recipient’s service in a particular campaign or battle.  The clasps carry side flanges to enable them to be attached to the medal and riveted to each other, so that new ones can be attached as earned.  Usually the first earned Clasp is closest to the medal, so that the latest earned should be at the top, although they can be found in the wrong order. 


Holders of the 1887 medal were issued with the '1897' clasp to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.


This guide will help you through all the parts and descriptions of military medals


Major L L Gordon ‘British Battles and Medals’

Medal Year book 2006

< gov.uk/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility>

Some of the material on this page was also partially derived from

<en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Queen_Victoria_Golden_Jubilee_Medal >

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