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Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1299-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: William IV (1830-37) (Struck in the rule of)
State: United Kingdom




A Naval Long Service Medal was instituted by King William IV in 1831, the year after that for the Army; when Queen Victoria succeeded this issue was for a while continued, before alterations were made in 1848. To earn it a sailor had to have twenty years' service to his credit, although some had amassed rather more by the time of their discharge.
This medal was awarded to Captain Fore Top Aaron Carter, of the first-rate battleship HMS Britannia, and he had served for 22 years. Lester Watson acquired his medal 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: 34.2 mm
Weight: 20.61 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1839

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Anchor with oak-leaves around and crown above

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscriptions

  • Text: AARON CARTER / Captain / Fore Top / H.M.S. / BRITANNIA / 22 years
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1299-2009
Primary reference Number: 141393
Watson Catalogue: 202
Ordering: M-0182
Previous object number: LW.0182
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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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