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Distinguished Service Cross: CM.1197-2009

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Current Location: In storage


London (Mint)
George V (1910-36) (Ruler)
United Kingdom (State)
With the title of Georgius Rex Imperator (Ruler)


The Distinguished Service Cross replaced the Conspicuous Service Cross of 1901 in 1914, and recognised gallant or distinguished conduct by officers of the Royal Navy against the enemy at sea. Other ranks were to be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The eligibility for the DSC has been progressively widened, in 1940 to officers of the other services fighting at sea, and since 1993 to all ranks. It is still on current issue.
This example bears a hallmark of 1914, suggesting that the unnamed and unknown recipient earnt it for an act of bravery in the first months of the Great War. It was purchased by Lester Watson from the London dealers Baldwin in 1927.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 42.2 mm
Weight: 37.7 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1914


Hallmarked 1914

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Crowned royal monogram in circle

  • Text: GRI
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Issue mark at end of lower limb

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1197-2009
Primary reference Number: 141291
Watson Catalogue: 87
Ordering: M-0080
Previous object number: LW.0080
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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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