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East and Central Africa Medal: CM.1201-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Artist: Saulles, George W. de
Ruler: Victoria regina et imperatrix (With the title of)




British rule in East Africa was partly achieved via the British East Africa Company, which acquired possessions in Uganda that the Government took over in 1895, and partly through an agreement with Germany in 1890 which had assigned a German protectorate in what is now Kenya to the Company. Subsequent British attempts to provide a modern transport and revenue infrastructure, at the expense of traditional local custom (or indeed just at the expense of locals) resulted in varying degrees of unrest, and for campaigns against such difficulties Queen Victoria approved this medal in 1899.
The bar for Lubwa's refers to Fort Lubwa in Sudan, which in 1897 was taken over by a group of Sudanese troops who had defied orders to go on an expedition. They escaped and were defeated at Kabagambi, now in Uganda. The bar for Uganda 1897-98 meanwhile refers to participation in an expedition into the Teita area of Kenya to deal with local unrest there.
This medal was awarded to Sepoy Kale Khan of the 1st (Baluch) Battalion of the Bombay Light Infantry, part of the Indian Contingent in Africa. Lester Watson purchased the medal from the London dealers Spink at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 44.42 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1899

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Inscription present: Queen Victoria facing left holding sceptre

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Britannia left with trident standing right before lion, gesturing to sky

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1201-2009
Primary reference Number: 141295
Watson Catalogue: 94
Ordering: M-0084
Previous object number: LW.0084
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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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