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Medal - Polar Medal 1904, King George V, Great Britain, 1912-1914 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 38195

Summary:
Great Britain, Polar Medals
Antarctic Exploration
Polar Medal 1904 - George V in silver with bars ANTARCTIC 1912 - 14
Other Details: Polar medal awarded to John Henry Collison Close. Close was born in Sydney. He served in Rhodesia during the South African War and later became a teacher of physical culture at Sydney. He later took part in Mawson's expedition on the 'Aurora', was a member of the Main Base Party (Adelie Land) and several sledging parties, and spent two summers and one winter in the Antarctic.
This was the third form of polar exploration medal. It was instituted in 1904 to be awarded to those who had taken part in Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition and has remained in use since. The obverse is changed to reflect change of Sovereign and bars are awarded to indicate the expedition. It depicts a the Royal Research Ship 'Discovery' in the ice with a sledging party wearing skis in the foreground.
Description:
A hexagonal silver medal (32 mm.) with mount and bar ANTARCTIC 1912 - 14. The obverse features a bust of King George V in Admiral's uniform facing left; around, GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:.The reverse depicts the Royal Research Ship 'Discovery' in the ice with a sledging party of six wearing skis and carrying long poles in the foreground, the sledge has a rectangular sail. The edge is impressed J.H. CLOSE "AURORA".
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 mm (Width), 112 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, exploration
Themes this item is part of: John Henry Collison Close, Antarctic Expeditioner (1871-1949), Antarctica Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), HRH King George V (1865-1936), HRH King George V (1865-1936)
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: expeditions
DateEra: 1912-1914 AD
Obverse Description: A bust of King George V in Admiral's uniform facing left; around, GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:.
Reverse Description: The Royal Research Ship 'Discovery' in the ice with a sledging party of six wearing skis and carrying long poles in the foreground, the sledge has a rectangular sail.
Edge Description: J.H. CLOSE "AURORA"
Inscriptions: ANTARCTIC 1912 - 14
GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:.
J.H. CLOSE "AURORA"
Shape: Hexagonal & bars & ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George V, England, Great Britain
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
Awarded To: John Close, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Person Depicted: King George V
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Neville Poulsom, The white ribbon; a medallic record of British polar exploration, Seaby, B.A. Ltd., 1968

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