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Sudan Medal (1910): CM.1478-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: Fuad I (1917-36)
Artist: Garbe, Richard
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901)
Ruler: [Ahmed Fuad] (With the title of)
Mint: London




The recovery by Egypt of the Sudan, after its secession under Mahdist rebels in the 1880s, did not by any means mark the end of conflict in that province, which remained restless under an Egyptian control seen merely as a puppet for British imperialism. By 1908 a total of 15 bars had been awarded with the Khedive's Sudan Medal, and it was therefore decided to institute an entire new medal, which was first issued in 1910. The medal was awarded in silver and in bronze, but bars were only awarded with the silver issue.
The first bars to be issued with the medal were for a campaign in the Atwot region of the Upper Nile against the Dinka tribe, which was mostly carried out from river steamers, and for two expeditions into the Kordofan District south-west of Khartoum to quell unrest there and show the Khedive's flag. The third bar was awarded to British and Sudanese forces operating against the Anuak tribe of south-eastern Sudan in March 1912, the which campaign was thwarted by the escape of the fugitives over the Abyssinian border.
This medal bears the second and third bars awarded to the medal, which are named both in English and in Arabic, as was customary for Sudanese recipients. It 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 1918

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Inscription in Arabic

  • Text: [AHMED FUAD] / [1336]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Lion facing right on shoreline with rising sun and palm-trees on far shore behind, standing on plinth bearing inscription; exergue of crossed spears behind shield

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1478-2009
Primary reference Number: 141573
Watson Catalogue: 357
Ordering: M-0362
Previous object number: LW.0359c
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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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