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New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal: CM.1322-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: Victoria regina et imperatrix (With the title of)




Awards for Meritorious Service were instituted in the Royal Army in 1845, entitling the recipient to a medal and an annuity of £20. This was paid from a fixed fund, so that once it had been allocated no further awards could be made unless a recipient died or the fund was increased (it was doubled in 1853). One by one, similar arrangements were made by the various Colonial governments, and New Zealand's Meritorious Service Medal was instituted in 1898.
Although Queen Victoria died in 1901, the portrait on the New Zealand MSM had not yet been changed to that of the new king, Edward VII by 1903, when the inscription indicates that this medal was awarded, to Sergeant Frederick Carthy of the Royal New Zealand Artillery. Lester Watson purchased his medal at some point before 1928.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 35.46 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


1898 - 1901

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left with veil

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription in centre, crown above and laurel wreath around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1322-2009
Primary reference Number: 141416
Watson Catalogue: 228
Ordering: M-0205
Previous object number: LW.0205
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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