King George VI Coronation Medal

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King George VI Coronation Medal
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Awarded by United Kingdom
and Commonwealth
Type Commemorative medal
Eligibility Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for community contribution
Established 12 May 1937
Total awarded 90,279
Next (higher) King George V Silver Jubilee Medal
Next (lower) Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
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The King George VI Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal, instituted to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.


For Coronation and Jubilee medals, the practice up until 1977 was that United Kingdom authorities decided on a total number to be produced, then allocated a proportion to each of the Commonwealth countries and Crown dependencies and possessions. The award of the medals was then at the discretion of the local government authority, who were free to decide who would be awarded a medal and why.

A total of 90,279 medals were awarded, including

  • 6,887 to Australians
  • 10,089 to Canadians


  • A circular, silver medal, 1.25 inches in diameter. Featured on the obverse are the conjoined effigies of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, crowned and robed, facing left. The rim is not raised on this medal and there is no legend.
  • The Royal Cypher "GRI" appears on the reverse, surmounted by a large crown, with the inscription "CROWNED / 12 MAY 1937" in two lines below the Royal Cypher. Around the rim of the medal is the inscription "GEORGE VI QVEEN ELIZABETH".
  • The garter-blue ribbon is 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, with a 3 millimetres wide white band, a 2½ millimetres wide red band and a 1½ millimetres wide white band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 18 millimetres wide garter-blue band.