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Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of Arms

Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of ArmsGreat Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of Arms
Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of ArmsGreat Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of Arms
Great Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of ArmsGreat Britain: Coronation of King Edward VII / British and Empire Coat of Arms
Form: Circular, sometimes holed at 12 o’clock
By: Arthur Fenwick, Birmingham
Date: 1902
Ref:  BHM: 3763; Laidlaw: 0614;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38.3 mmBronze20.1 gm$45
38.3 mmWhite Metal14.5 gm$15
38.3 mmGilded White Metal15.6 gm$15

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Crowned bust of the King in uniform with medals, left. Divided by the bust, across in ornate letters: "ER (left) 1901 (right)". Legend above left between ornaments: "EDWARD VII", above right between ornaments: "KING AND EMPEROR" and below: "GOD SAVE THE KING".

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 1901 and was crowned on 9 August 1902.

The obverse of this medal is the same as Laidlaw 0948 and the reverse is that same as Laidlaw 0343. Fenwick used the reverse design of this medal on several other medals from this period. All bear the registration number 355487.