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Indian Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1303-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Victoria Kaisar-i-Hind (With the title of)
Mint: London




After the Indian Mutiny of 1857-1858 the British East India Company's interests in India were taken over directly by the Crown, and such as remained of its armed forces became the Indian Native Army. The Company's decorations and awards however often continued in issue for some time, and thus the last issues of the Company's Long Service Medal were made in 1873. Only in 1888 was this medal replaced by a new one for the Native Army, which was to be awarded for 20 years' service of irreproachable conduct. 2 of these medals a year, in each of the three Presidencies into which the Indian military was divided after the Mutiny, were to be accompanied with a 25-rupee gratuity.
This medal was awarded to Lance-Naick Muhammadkahm, of the Corps of Guides (Infantry). Lester Watson acquired the 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: 36.4 mm
Weight: 36.23 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1888 - 1901

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left with veil

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Central inscription "INDIA" with leaf-sprays around, marginal inscription outside and floriate/foliate ornament to edge

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1303-2009
Primary reference Number: 141397
Watson Catalogue: 206
Ordering: M-0186
Previous object number: LW.0186
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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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