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Honourable East India Company's Egypt Medal: CM.1217-2009

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Current Location: In storage


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




General Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1798 not yet in power in France, conceived the idea of attacking Egypt to cut Britain off from India, and was sent to do so at least partly so as to remove him from turbulent Paris. However, in the wake of a triumphant naval victory by Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson at Aboukir Bay, and a general lack of strategic success despite several crushing victories over Egyptian and Ottoman forces, Bonaparte returned to France in 1799 to take power by coup. French troops remained in the country until 1801, however, when a force under Sir Ralph Abercromby was dispatched to expel them. He was aided in this by a contingent supplied by the Honourable East India Company, and in 1802 the Company approved the issue of this medal for the men who had taken part.
The medal is unnamed, so we do not know who the recipient of this example was. Lester Watson purchased the medal 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: 49 mm
Weight: 47.26 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1801


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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sepoy with flagstaff flying Union Jack before encampment

  • Text: [This medal has been presented in commemoration of the defeat of the French armies in the Kingdom of Egypt by the great bravery and abilities of the victorious army of England]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Ship under full sail right before Pyramids

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1217-2009
Primary reference Number: 141311
Watson Catalogue: 111
Ordering: M-0100
Previous object number: LW.0100
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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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