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Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra / British and Empire Coats of Arms

Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra / British and Empire Coats of ArmsGreat Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra / British and Empire Coats of Arms
Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra / British and Empire Coats of ArmsGreat Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra / British and Empire Coats of Arms
Form: Circular holed at 12 o'clock for a ring to a second for a narrow red-white-blue ribbon
By: Arthur Fenwick, Birmingham
Date: 1902
Ref:  BHM: 3764; Laidlaw: 0343;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38.5 mmPewter22.7 gm$10
38.3 mmGilded White Metal14.7 gm$15

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Conjoined crowned busts of King and Queen, right, he in uniform. Signed: "AF BHM." on truncation. Legend above: H.M.EDWARD VII KING. H.M. ALEXANDRA QUEEN." and below between stops: "PROCLAIMED 1901".

Reverse: Two shields inclined toward each other and overlapping. The left shield, representing the British Empire, is quartered with: (1) Star of India, (2) kangaroo – Australia, (3) scale balance – New Zealand and (4) beaver – Canada and with a small shield of the Cape Colony superimposed in the centre. On the right shield, the British Royal coat of arms. To the left, a garland with a rose (England), shamrocks (Ireland) and thistles (Scotland). To the right, a laurel branch. Above, the Imperial Crown. Two clasped hands across the divide between the shields at the bottom. On a ribbon below: “GOD SAVE THE KING”. Above the ribbon, and below the hands: “RD. 355487”. Legende: "KING OF GREAT BRITAIN & CLONIES ACROSS THE SEA & EMPEROR OF INDIA CROWNED 1902".

Notes: King Edward VII (Albert Edward; 1841-1910) was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He succeeded to the throne on his mother's death on 22 January 1902 and was crowned on 9 August 1902.

Fenwick used the reverse design of this medal on several other medals from this period. All bear the registration number 355487.