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Jellalabad Medal (Mural Crown): CM.1288-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Issuer: East India Company
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the rule of)




The First Afghan War of 1839 had culminated in the British restoration of the Shah Shujah al-Mulk, a situation which caused his dissatisfied people to rise in revolt in 1841. The murder of the British envoy provoked an initial evacuation of the British garrison, most of which was massacred on its march back to India. The British forces in Afghanistan were for a short while confined to those at the fort of Khelat-i-Ghilzai and the garrison of Jalalabad, which withstood siege until it could be relieved by the British a short while later in the campaign that restored British control in the area.
After the relief of Jalalabad the Governor-General of India determined on the issue of a silver medal for its defenders, but was dissatisfied with the result. When a shortfall was discovered the opportunity was taken to redesign the medal for the second issue. Those soldiers awarded the first were offered a free exchange of it for the second issue but very few chose to do so.
One such recipient was Private Joseph Walker of Prince Albert's Light Infantry, otherwise known as the 13th Foot Regiment. Lester Watson purchased his medal at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38.6 mm
Weight: 31.57 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1842

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Mural crown

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription

  • Text: VII APRIL, 1842
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1288-2009
Primary reference Number: 141382
Watson Catalogue: 191
Ordering: M-0171
Previous object number: LW.0171
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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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