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Afghanistan Medal: CM.1126-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

London (Mint)
Boehm, Joseph Edward, Sir (Artist)
Caldecott, Randolph (Artist)
Victoria (1837-1901) (Ruler)
With the title of Victoria regina et imperatrix (Ruler)

Description

British forces were committed to Afghanistan for the third time in 1878 after a treaty between the Amir Shere Ali and Britain made in 1873 had been discarded by the Amir in favour of a new one with Russia, and diplomatic missions from Britain refused. After two major actions peace (and a subsidy for the Amir) was agreed in May 1878, though fighting was to renew the next year.
This medal bears the clasp for participation in the battle of Peiwar Kotal, one of the two actions which led to Shere Ali fleeing Kabul before the British. It was awarded to Private E. McBeth of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Foot. 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: 36.3 mm
Weight: 38.26 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

1881 CE - 1882 CE

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Text: VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Pack elephant with following troops and mules crossing left

  • Text: AFGHANISTAN / 1878-79-80
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1126-2009
Primary reference Number: 141220
Watson Catalogue: 9
Ordering: M-0009
Previous object number: LW.0009
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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