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William Medal: CM.1297-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Hanover
Ruler: William IV (1830-37)
State: Hanover




The long-standing tradition of medals for long and virtuous service in Britain's armed forces began with King William IV, also Elector of the state of Hanover. While his British troops' service was recognised with a medal from 1830 onwards, those serving under the Crown of Hanover had their award instituted in 1837. This silver medal was issued to non-commissioned officers, who to qualify had to have served in good standing for 16 years, although a year in war service counted double.
The small size of this medal compared to its British counterpart is an illustration of the unusual size of British medals compared to that favoured on the Continent. This example bears no name, and its recipient is unknown. 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: 25.7 mm
Weight: 13 g

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1837

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of William facing right

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1297-2009
Primary reference Number: 141391
Watson Catalogue: 200
Ordering: M-0180
Previous object number: LW.0180
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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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