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East India Co. Meritorious Service Medal: CM.1323-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Issuer: East India Company
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the name of)
Ruler: Victoria regina (With the title of)




With the introduction in 1845 of the Meritorious Service Medal for home troops of the Empire, it was not long before the Honourable East India Company thought it sensible to issue their own parallel award, which was therefore instituted in 1848. Although the East India Company's forces became part of the Royal Army in 1858 with the Company's dissolution, the issue of this decoration for troops in the theatre was discontinued only in 1873.
This medal is unnamed, and its recipient cannot be determined. 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: 36.5 mm
Weight: 36.63 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


1848 - 1873

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Company arms with standards and lion rampant above, banner with motto "Auspicio regis et senatus Angliae" below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1323-2009
Primary reference Number: 141417
Watson Catalogue: 229
Ordering: M-0206
Previous object number: LW.0206
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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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