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Queen's Sudan Medal, 1896-97: CM.1476-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Artist: Saulles, George W. de
Ruler: Abbas II (1892-1914)
Ruler: Victoria regina et imperatrix (With the title of)




The political disintegration of the Ottoman Egyptian state during the 1880s, as it came under heavy British and French influence, permitted a rebellion in the name of the self-proclaimed Mahdi Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad ibn al-Sayyid 'Abd Allah to effect the removal of the Sudan from Egyptian control. Lengthy campaigns by British forces to recover control of the area led firstly to Gordon's famous defeat at Khartoum and ultimately, in 1890, to a full British withdrawal from the province.
In 1896, however, British and Egyptian forces combined in a campaign of reconquest, which in a series of engagements between then and 1899 eventually laid the area back under Egyptian, and therefore British, control. In 1899 Queen Victoria agreed the issue of the Queen's Sudan Medal for service in any of the first six battles of these campaigns.
This medal forms part of what Lester Watson's catalogue lists as Group 1, and its provenance is discussed in the page for that group.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.4 mm

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1899

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Figure of Victoria facing left with sceptre

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Victory seated on dais bearing inscription and supported by three lilies; she holds a laurel wreath and a palm branch and sits before crossed standards

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1476-2009
Primary reference Number: 141571
Watson Catalogue: 362
Ordering: M-0360
Previous object number: LW.0359a
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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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