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Khedive's Egyptian Star (undated): CM.1294-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Birmingham
Ruler: Tawfiq (1879-92)
State: Egypt
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Inferred)
Ruler: TM (With the title of)




Most of the battles in the final years of British influence in Egypt were rewarded with issues of the Egyptian Medal, but the Egyptian Khedive Tewfik Pasha showed his gratitude for British help with issues of his own bronze star for the campaigns in his kingdom.
Most of the issues of the Star bore the date of the campaign for which they were awarded. The last, which covered fighting against the so-called Dervish forces of the Mahdiyyat régime in Sudan near Suakim in 1887 and on the Nile in 1889, was however issued undated, and was not matched by any corresponding British award.
The medal is also unnamed, so we do not know who its recipient was. Lester Watson acquired it at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 46.9 mm
Weight: 47.3 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


1889 CE - 1891 CE

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sphynx facing with three pyramids behind in circle, on downward five-pointed star with milled edges, suspended from bar with wheat-ear ornament and upturned crescent around star as device of suspender

  • Text: EGYPT
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Monogram inscription surmounted by crown all in circle

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1294-2009
Primary reference Number: 141388
Watson Catalogue: 197
Ordering: M-0177
Previous object number: LW.0177
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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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