King Edward VII Coronation Medal (1902)

Era: 1902

The King Edward VII Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal issued in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9th August, 1902. Distribution of the medal was no different to that of the Jubilee medals of 1887 and 1897, this included people who attended the coronation, or participated in the coronation parade. It was issued to members of the Royal family, dignitaries, senior government officials and service officers involved in the coronation parade. Selected NCOs and other ranks involved in the coronation parade also received the medal.

Description:

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 – Dark blue with central red stripe and white edges (Military version)

King Edward VII Coronation Medal (1902) ribbon (MILITARY)
King Edward VII Coronation Medal (1902) ribbon (MILITARY)

Type – Jubilee medal

Suspender - Ring

Eligibility – Members of The Royal Family, Royal Households and guests. Envoys, Foreign Ambassadors and Heads-of Missions, Colonial Prime Ministers and members of the Indian and Colonial Contingents attending the Jubilee. Officers, soldiers, sailors of the naval and military contingents participation in jubilee activities.

Awarded for – Participation in coronation

Established – 1902

Designer – Emil Fuchs

Naming – unnamed

Clasps – none

Description – The medal is oval, being 1, 3/10 in deep and 1, 1/5in wide and has a raised and ornamented rim in the form of a wreath of laurel’s banded by a ribbon. The medals obverse has the conjoined bust of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, both crowned and wearing coronation robes. The reverse has the words “CROWNED 26 JUNE 1902”, though these had been minted early and due to the King failing ill during the planned coronation and the date being moved you will find most medals contain the words "CROWNED 9 AUGUST 1902"

 

Sources:

Major L L Gordon ‘British Battles and Medals’

Medal Year book 2006

London Gazette’s

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

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

<en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Edward_VII_Coronation_Medal >

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