Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)

Era: 2002

The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal or the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal was a commemorative medal created in 2002 to mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.

Almost 400,000 medals were issued to members of the Police, ambulance, coastguard, fire services, prison service, RNLI and mountain rescue service. It was also issued to all Regular, Reserve and Cadet forces who were in effective service on 6th February 2002, who had completed five, or more full calendar years reckonable service and were properly enlisted on or before 7th February 1997.


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 – Royal blue with thin red stripes at the edges, a broad white stripe in the centre and a thin red stripe down the middle

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) ribbon
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) ribbon

Suspender - Ring

Type – Commemoration medal

Eligibility – Commonwealth citizens

Awarded for – Community contribution

Established – February 2002

Naming – issued unnamed

Total Awarded – Almost 400,000 issued

Clasps – none issued

Description – Gold-plated cupro-nickel medal 32mm in diameter. The obverse of the medal shows the effigy of Queen Elizabeth wearing St. Edward's Crown, circumscribed by the inscription “ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF”. On the reverse is the shield of Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom flanked by the years “1952” and “2002”.

The Canadian version of the medal is gold plated bronze with the obverse showing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth and the legend “QUEEN OF CANADA”, “REINE DU CANADA” The reverse features a maple leaf with “CANADA” at the bottom and the years “1952” and “2002” on the left and right of the Royal cypher and crown


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