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Ghuznee & Cabul Medal: CM.1121-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the name of)
Artist: Wyon, William
Ruler: Victoria vindex (With the title of)

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The First Afghan War of 1839 had culminated in the British restoration of the Shah Shujah al-Mulk, a situation which caused his dissatisfied people to rise in revolt in 1841. The murder of the British envoy provoked an initial evacuation of the British garrison, most of which was massacred on its march back to India, and a response in force for whose three battles variant medals were awarded.
This is the award for participation in the sieges of the mountain pass fortress of Ghazni and the Afghan capital of Kabul. Despite a bloody suppression of the revolt here, it was decided by the East India Company (in the light of the murder of the Shah meanwhile) that it was no longer profitable to occupy the country, and British forces withdrew until 1879.
This medal was awarded to Gunner J. Mason, of the 1st Troop of the Horse Brigade of the Bombay Artillery. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.8 mm
Weight: 31.88 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester

Dating

Production date: AD 1842

Note

Engraved in running script

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Text: VICTORIA VINDEX
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: One word of inscription each left and right with laurel wreath surround for each, crown above, year below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1121-2009
Primary reference Number: 141215
Watson Catalogue: 4
Ordering: M-0004
Previous object number: LW.0004
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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