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Turkish Crimean Medal (Sardinian): CM.1187-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Die-engraver: Hunt & Roskell (Uncertain)
Ruler: ‘Abd al-Majid (1823-61) (Struck in the name of)
Mint: London (Uncertain)




The readiness of Great Britain and France, and also Sardinia whose contribution is often forgotten, to aid the Ottoman Empire in the Crimean War, was recognised by Sultan Abdúlmecid with the issue of a medal for all the troops of all nations involved, struck to a slightly different design for each country.
The majority of the medals for British troops were however lost with their ship during carriage to Britain in 1856, and so British troops often obtained themselves copies of the Sardinian or sometimes the French issue instead. This example is a fine imitation of the Sardinian issue, with the Sardinian standard given pride of place in the field. It is engraved to Private J. Marlin of the 4th King's Own Regiment. Lester Watson acquired his medal at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.1 mm
Weight: 30.08 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1859 CE - 1860 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1187-2009
Primary reference Number: 141281
Watson Catalogue: 75
Ordering: M-0070
Previous object number: LW.0070
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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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