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    KGV Coronation Medal 1911

    King George V Coronation Medal, 1911: This medal was issued in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. The silver medal is 32 millimetres in diameter. The ribbon is dark blue with two thin red stripes in its centre. The medal’s obverse side has a profile of King George V and his wife Queen Mary, while the reverse side has the crowned Royal Cipher above the date of the coronation. This coronation medal set the precedent of being awarded to personnel who were not present at the coronation.

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    KGVI Coronation Medal

    King George VI Coronation Medal: The obverse shows conjoioned busts of King George GVI and Queen Elizabeth in their robes of state without any iinscription. The stark simplicity of this motif was matched by a reserse showing the crowned GRI over the inscription CROWNED 12 MAY 1937, with the names of the King and Queen in block capitals round the circumference. Issued to celebrate the coronatioin of King George VI on 12 May 1937. The riband is Blue, edged with one red and two white stripes.

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    KGV Silver Jubilee Medal

    King George V Silver Jubilee Medal: The obverse is a left-facing conjoined half-length busts of King George V and Queen Mary in crowns and robes of state;(reverse) a crowned GRI monogram flanked by the dates of the accession and the jubilee. This medal was designed by Sir William Goscome John, RA, was issued to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and widely distributed to the great and
    good throughout the Empire. The riband is red with two dark blue and one white stripes at the edges.

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    QEII Silver Jubilee Medal 1977

    This medal was issued in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As with previous medals of this type, it is made from silver and is 32 millimetres in diameter. The riband is white with thin red stripes at the edges, and a broad blue stripe in the ribbon’s middle which it itself divided by a thin red stripe. The medal’s obverse side has a profile image of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse side has a crown and a wreath with the words “The 25th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II 6 February 1977”. The medal was issued to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (1953 – 1977) and was awarded to selected citizens of Commonwealth countries both military and civilian. In keeping with tradition for Coronation and Jubilee medals, the ribbon of this medal is red, white and blue. Coronation and Jubilee Medals are instituted by Royal Warrant by the reigning Sovereign. The Warrant outlines the reason for the institution of the medal, its design and the colour of the medal ribbon. In some cases the Warrant also specifies the groups of citizens to whom the medal is to be issued. Regulations are not generally required for Coronation and Jubilee medals, however individual Commonwealth countries may issue instructions regarding the award of the medal to specific groups in the community.

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    QEII Golden Jubilee Medal 2002

    Golden Jubilee Medal: Excellent replica of an official Commonwealth issue, first awarded in February 2002 commemorating 50 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The obverse features a right-facing profile of the Queen earing a crown, the reverse shows the royal coast of arms flanked by the dates 1952 and 2002. Issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession, it was granted to all personnel of the British armed forces who had completed five or more years’ service on February 7, 2002. It was also issued to members of the British police, coast guard, ambulance, fire services RNLI and mountain rescue services. Commonwealth countries released retricted issues.

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    Centenary of Federation Medal

    Centenary of Federation 1901-2001 Medal: The Centenary Medal was announced by the Prime Minister on 28 December 2001. The Medal was created to honour living persons who have made a contribution to Australian society or government. This includes those Australians who have lived through our first century of federation.

    The Medal will enable the community to thank those who have made Australia’s first hundred years as a federal nation such a great success and who have laid solid foundations for Australia’s future. The award of the medal to them will be a fitting acknowledgement from the nation of their long contribution to Australia

    Designed by Balarinji, Sydney, the cupro-nickel medal features a seven-pointed Commonwealth Star, representing the six Australian states, with the seventh point representing Australia’s territories. At the centre of the Star is an indigenous styling of Aboriginal traditions at the heart of the continent. The colours in the ribbon are crimson for Federation (Sir Henry Parkes “the crimson thread of kinship”) and blue and gold for the beginning of the 21st Century. The seven gold and red lines represent the pathways to federation of the states. There are 100 dots around the outer edge of each of the obverse and reverse symbolising100 years of federation.

    “Centenarians”, namely Australian citizens born on or before 31 December 1901 and who lived to celebrate the centenary of federation on 1 January 2001, have an entitlement to the Medal.

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    QEII Coronation Medal 1953

    Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953: This medal was issued in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The silver medal is 32 millimetres in diameter, with the Queen’s profile on the obverse side. The text “Queen Elizabeth II Crowned 2nd June 1953” is round the circumference of the reverse side, with the royal monogram EIIR in the middle. The medal’s ribbon is dark red with two narrow blue stripes in the middle, with narrow white edges. The Coronation Medal was minted to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as such it was not a military medal but was rather awarded to a list of individuals as a personal souvenir. The Governments of the various countries in the British Commonwealth determined the list of individuals to be awarded. The medals were presented following the coronation on 02 June, 1953. 138,214 original medals were issued.

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    Australian Sports Medal

    The Australian Sports Medal: Awarded during the year 2000, as Sydney hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Medal was not restricted to athletes and others connected with the Games. The Medal recognised a cross-section of those whose efforts have made Australia a nation of sporting excellence. These include former competitors and those who have provided the support base of sport, for example, coaches, sports scientists, office holders, and those who maintain sports facilities and provide transport. The majority of Medals presented were awarded to persons following their nomination by the sports community itself. Peak sports bodies recognised or funded by the Australian Sports Commission were given quotas according to a formula based on the number of their registered competitors. All Australian parliamentarians were able to nominate persons from any sport enabling other persons whose contribution transcended one area of sporting activity to be recognised. Over 18,000 Australian Sports Medals were progressively distributed and presented during the year 2000. The Medal design symbolises Australian sport with imagery of a partial view of the Australian Sports Stadium and a sky filled with the stars of the Southern Cross. The reverse repeats the stadium design with the numeral “2000”. The ribbon’s colours are Australia’s national (and sporting) colours of green and gold. The Australian Sports Medal does not carry post-nominals.

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    Armistice Medal

    The 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal 1998: The medal was struck by the Australian Government to recognise all remaining WW1 veterans at the time of issue. It is a nickel silver medal 36mm in diameter with a suspender featuring the crown of King George V. The obverse depicts a WW1 soldier as represented in the sculpture known as the ‘Bullecourt Digger.’ The emblem surrounded by the words ’80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal.’ The reverse bears a Federation Star over the inscription ‘ Lest We Forget’ surrounded by wattle sprays with blossoms. The riband is 32mm wide (a standard for most Australian medals) with a central black stripe, flanked by two poppy red panels and edged in black.

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    ANZAC Medallion

    The ANZAC Medallion 1967. Awarded to the surviving members of Australia’s Defence Forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of operations from offshore at any time from the 1 April 1915, to final evac in January 1916. The bronze medallion is approximately 3″ x 2″ depicting Simpson and his donkey on the obverse, with the Southern Cross and maps of Australia and New Zealand on the reverse.

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    Australian National Service Medal 1951-1972

    The Anniversary of National Service Medal, issued 2002. Eligibility: National servicemen who served between 1951 and 1972. The medal is issued marking the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of universal conscription in Australia. The ANSM 1951-1972 Medal is worn immediately after long service awards in accordance with protocol under the Australian Order of Wearing (precedence). You can download a copy of the current Order of Precedence from the Help Centre section of this site.

    We don’t ‘nickel and dime’ you by supplying scant, unusable riband lengths, or worse, making riband a hidden-in-the-fine-print optional extra – every medal comes with 250mm of riband (full size) and 150mm (miniature). Ample for a complete professional court mount.


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