Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

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Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

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The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal made to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


For 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 got a medal and why.

A total of 138,214 medals were issued, including:
  • 11,561 to Australians
  • 12,500 to Canadians


A circular, silver medal, 1.25 inches in diameter. The obverse features a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, in a high-collared ermine cloak and wearing the collar of the Garter and Badge of the Bath, and facing right. There is no raised rim and no legend.

The reverse shows the Royal Cypher EIIR surmounted by a large crown. The legend around the edge reads: QUEEN ELIZABETH II CROWNED 2nd JUNE 1953.

The dark red ribbon is wide, with two narrow dark blue stripes (0.09375 inches wide) in the centre (0.0625" apart) and narrow white stripes (0.0625") at each edge.

Ladies awarded the medal can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.

The medals were issued without inscription except for the 37 issued to the British Mount Everest Expedition. These were engraved "MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION" on the rim.


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