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Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: CM.1304-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Artist: Pistrucci, Benedetto
Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the rule of)
State: United Kingdom




King William IV's institution of an Army Long Service Medal was continued by Queen Victoria, initially with the same Pistrucci obverse design. In 1860 eligibility was extended to NCOs in the Militia who had done 21 years' service the same as their regular counterparts, and in 1870 it was extended to all NCOs at the point of their discharge from service, although this was cancelled in 1875.
After 1851 the suspension of the medal was changed from the steel ring used on the William IV and earliest Victoria issues to a silver bar more like that used on Victoria's war medals. In 1874 the recipient's name began to be engraved rather than impressed around the edge. It is these two changes of style, between which this medal sits, that allows us to date its issue between these dates. It was awarded to Private Mathew Philips of the 80th Foot. 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: 36.1 mm
Weight: 36.29 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1855 - 1874

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Collection of war trophies with royal shield at centre

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1304-2009
Primary reference Number: 141398
Watson Catalogue: 207
Ordering: M-0187
Previous object number: LW.0187
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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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