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Coronation Medal (George V): CM.1491-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: George V (1910-36)
Artist: McKennal, Bertram, Sir
Ruler: GvR (With the title of)




The first coronation of a British monarch to be marked by the issue of a medal was King James I, but these pieces were not intended for wear. While coronations have since the eighteenth century given rise to a variety of private commemorative issues, the coronation medal as it is here understood goes back only to Queen Victoria's Silver Jubilee in 1887, when a medal was issued for wear by those involved in the ceremony, from the Earl Marshal of England down to the private soldiers in the parade. This was repeated by King Edward VII at his coronation in 1901, and became customary thereafter.
This medal is that issued in connection with the coronation of King George V in 1911, and was awarded to Captain T. M. Monk, whose medals are part of what the catalogue of the Watson Collection considers Group 6. Its provenance is therefore considered with the others of that group. Monk was presumably among the soldiery who were allowed to march in the parade.


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: 32.4 mm

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1911

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Busts of King George and Queen Mary facing left crowned

  • Text: 22 JUNE 1911
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Royal monogram centre with inscription below and border

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1491-2009
Primary reference Number: 141588
Watson Catalogue: 69
Ordering: M-0377
Previous object number: LW.0364a
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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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