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Army Best Shots Medal or Queen's Medal: CM.1150-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Artist: Poynter, Edward John
Ruler: Victoria regina (With the title of)




The award of an annual medal for the best shot in the Army was instituted in 1869 and continued until 1883, so that only 16 of the Queen's Medal, as it was officially titled, were ever issued.
Over the period 1875 to 1877 the Army changed its standard rifle, and so the 1875-76 and 1876-77 competitions were shot with both old and new weapons, a medal being awarded for each.
The winner of the competition with the older Snider Rifle was Sergeant A. Woods of the 2nd Battalion Loyals, or 81st Foot. This is his medal. Lester Watson purchased it from the London dealer Spink in 1925.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Spink 1925

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.5 mm
Weight: 33.51 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1877

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Fame standing on dais placing wreath on head of champion who carries target shot with three arrows

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1150-2009
Primary reference Number: 141244
Watson Catalogue: 36
Ordering: M-0033
Previous object number: LW.0033
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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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