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Candahar, Ghuznee & Cabul Medal: CM.1123-2009

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Current Location: In storage


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




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 all three sieges, of the city of Kandahar, the mountain pass fortress of Ghazni and the Afghan capital of Kabul. Despite a bloody suppression of the revolt there, 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 Sergeant James Beck of the 41st Regiment. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.


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: 35.9 mm
Weight: 38.89 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1842


Engraved and renamed, probably officially

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around inscription with crown above

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1123-2009
Primary reference Number: 141217
Watson Catalogue: 6
Ordering: M-0006
Previous object number: LW.0006
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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

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