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Capture of Ceylon Medal: CM.1164-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Issuer: East India Company
Ruler: George III (1760-1820) (Struck in the rule of)




The island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, was first taken over from its inhabitants by the Portuguese in 1505; the Dutch replaced them during the seventeenth century. In a campaign from 1795 to 1796 the British East India Company ousted Dutch rule and took the island over.
This medal was issued by the Company to a force of 120 Indian gunners from the Bengal Artillery who served in the campaign. It is unnamed, and the recipient's identity unknown. Lester Watson bought it from the dealer Gifford in 1927.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Gifford 1927

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 50.2 mm
Weight: 48.32 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1796

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Persian inscription

  • Text: [This Medal was given by way of acknowledgement of services in Ceylon in the year of the Hijra, 1209-1210]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1164-2009
Primary reference Number: 141258
Watson Catalogue: 50
Ordering: M-0047
Previous object number: LW.0047
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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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