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Medal - Polar Medal 1904, King George V, Great Britain, 1914-1917 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 37022

Summary:
Polar silver medal awarded to A.K. Jack in 1904 for Antarctic Exploration with bars for Antarctic 1914-16 and 1917 also.
According to the medal inscription, Jack was biologist on board the "Aurora" in Antarctica.

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 A.K. JACK, BIOLOGIST "AURORA"
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Natural History Division, 1983
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Width), 78 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, exploration, 1917 britt ind imp
Themes this item is part of: Andrew Keith Jack, Antarctic Explorer (?-1966), 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: 1914-1917 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: A.K. JACK, BIOLOGIST "AURORA"
Inscriptions: ANTARCTIC 1912 - 14
GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:.
A.K. JACK, BIOLOGIST "AURORA"
Shape: Hexagonal & bars & ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM King George V, England, Great Britain, 1914-1917
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
Awarded To: Andrew Jack, New South Wales, Australia, 1917
Person Depicted: HM 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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