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Prize for Recitation: CM.108-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: Karansinhji Bavajirajsinhji (Struck in the name of)
Ruler: Karansinhji of Rajkot (With the title of)
Artist: Wyon, Allan
Issuer: Rajkumar College




The state of Rajkot lies in the Indian province of Gujarat, and dates its foundation to c. 1620, with a period under Mughal rule in the eighteenth century. Its ruling family have been at the head of the state since its foundation, and in recent generations all the males have been educated at Rajkumar College in the city. The current ruler as of 2007 and since 1973 is Thakur Saheb Shri Manoharsinhji Pradyumansinhji. His great-grandfather Bavajirajsinhji Mehramanji (1862-90) had five sons and one daughter, all but one of the sons dying before coming of age. Among these shortlived princes was Kumar Karansinhji Bavajirajsinhji, whose likeness this medal bears. He was also educated at the Rajkumar College, and this prize for recitation was established in his memory after his death in 1903. The medal for the prize was designed by Allan Wyon, and this is a white-metal specimen from the Wyon workshop.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist's descendant Allan Gairdner Wyon

Place(s) associated

  • Rajkot

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Watson, Philip Charles


1903 CE - 1907 CE


White metal specimen

Components of the work

Object composed of white metal Diameter 44.0 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 44.47 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Kumar Karansinhji Bavajirasinhji facing with inscription around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around empty field with inscriptions around

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.108-2005
Primary reference Number: 156620
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 29 January 2013 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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