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Turkish Crimean Medal (British): CM.1507-2009

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‘Abd al-Majid (1823-61) (Ruler)
Ottoman Empire (State)
Ottoman Empire (Origin)


The readiness of Great Britain and France, and also Sardinia whose contribution is often forgotten, to aid the Ottoman Empire in the Crimean War, was recognised by Sultan Abdúlmecid with the issue of a medal for all the troops of all nations involved, struck to a slightly different design for each country.
The majority of the medals for British troops were however lost with their ship during carriage to Britain in 1856, and so British troops often obtained themselves copies of the Sardinian or the French issue instead. This is one of the rare British issue, with the Union Jack given pride of place in the field.
This medal was awarded to Colonel Lawrence Fyler of the 12th Lancers, whose medal group has come entire into the Watson Collection and shows a career spent in India and the East fighting for the Crown from the 1830s to the 1850s.
This medal is attached to two others and the catalogue of the Watson Collection considers it as part of Group 8 (this comprising two assemblages and two loose medals). For provenance of the group see those entries.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection. bt Seaby 1929. Left to James Fyler (nephew) on recipient's death 1873.

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Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.8 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1855

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sultan's royal cipher with laurel wreath around

  • Text: CRIMEA 1855
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Cannon and mortar left and right before four standards of Crimean Allies

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1507-2009
Primary reference Number: 141605
Watson Catalogue: 76
Ordering: M-0394
Previous object number: LW.0366c3
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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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