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Medal for Glory (Turkish General Service Medal): CM.1191-2009

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Current Location: In storage


State: Ottoman Empire
Ruler: ‘Abd al-Majid (1823-61)




The Ottoman Sultan Abdúlmecid, once committed to the Crimean alliance, was eager to foster close cooperation between his forces and those of his allies; Turkish troops sometimes operated under British or French command, and British or French troops with Turkish units.
This co-operation was symbolised by the issue of Turkish military medals to troops of the allied nations. The Medal for Glory, effectively a General Service award, had been instituted in 1831, but in 1854 a special issue was struck and presented by the Sultan at his palace to a limited number of British officers and men who had been conspicuous in the fighting.
It is not known to which of those recipients this medal was awarded, as it is unnamed. Lester Watson bought it from the dealer Lowe at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31 mm
Weight: 17.44 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1855

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sultan's cipher in disc low centre, with spears and leaves above flanking six-pointed star and crescent moon left and right

  • Text: [1270 H.]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Six-pointed star in centre of twelve-pointed star, above banner with Turkish inscription, foliate ornament below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1191-2009
Primary reference Number: 141285
Watson Catalogue: 80
Ordering: M-0074
Previous object number: LW.0074
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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