Category: King George V Coronation Medal

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King George V Coronation Medal

The King George V Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal made in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V. This coronation medal was the first to be awarded to people who were not in attendance at the coronation. For this and subsequent 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 15,901 medals were awarded, including 286 to Australians.[1]

Medal Description

The medal was designed by the Australian sculptor Bertram Mackennal. The silver medal is 32 millimetres (1.3 in) in diameter. The medal's obverse side has a profile of King George V and his wife Queen Mary. The reverse side has the crowned Royal Cypher above the date of the coronation.


The 32 millimetres (1.3 in) wide ribbon is dark blue with two thin red stripes in its centre. The ribbon for the police version of the medal is red with three narrow blue stripes. This coronation took place on 22 June 1911.


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