Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
|Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal|
Obverse and reverse of medal
|Awarded by the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms|
|Awarded for||Community contribution|
|Established||2 June 1953|
|Related||Silver Jubilee Medal, |
Golden Jubilee Medal,
Diamond Jubilee Medal
The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal is a commemorative medal instituted to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953.
This medal was awarded as a personal souvenir from the Queen to members of the Royal Family and selected officers of state, members of the Royal Household, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions. It was also awarded to members of the Mount Everest expedition, two of whom reached the summit four days before the coronation. It was struck at the Royal Mint and issued immediately after the coronation.
For Coronation and Jubilee medals, the practice up until 1977 was that the authorities in the United Kingdom decided on a total number to be produced, then allocated a proportion to each of the Commonwealth countries and Crown dependencies and other possessions of the Crown. The award of the medals was then at the discretion of the government of each territory, which was left free to decide who was to be awarded a medal and why.
A total of 129,051 medals were awarded, including:
- 11,561 to Australians.
- 12,500 to Canadians.
The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal is a silver disk, 1.25 inches in diameter. The obverse features a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right, in a high-collared ermine cloak and wearing the collar of the Garter and Badge of the Bath. There is no raised rim and no legend.
The dark red ribbon is 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, with 5⁄64 inch (2 mm) wide white edges and two narrow dark blue stripes in the centre, each 5⁄64 inch (2 mm) wide and 1⁄16 inch (1.6 mm) apart.
Ladies who were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.
Precedence by country
Some orders of precedence are as follows:
- Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Captain H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. p. 113. Published A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. 1956.
- Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. p. 49. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London. 1977.
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- Howard N Cole. Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals. p. 49. Published J. B. Hayward & Son, London, 1977. Cole states 129,051 medals were struck, citing 84th Annual report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1953 (HMSO 1955).
- Veterans Affairs Canada - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953) (Accessed 5 May 2015)
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