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Medal - China War Medal 1900, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33795

Summary:
Great Britain
China War Medal 1900
Medal with mount and ribbon
Edge impressed in block capitals: W.C. SMART . PTE., N.S.WALES NAV. CONTGT.
This medal was awarded for the Boxer Rebellion to a member of the New South Wales Naval defence force.
"The Boxers formed a Chinese secret society known as the I-ho-ch'uan - the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists (hence 'Boxers'). The aim of the Boxers and other similar societies was to eradicate all foreigners and Christians from China" (British Battles and Medals p. 208)
Description:
A silver medal (36mm diameter) with mount and ribbon. The obverse features a veiled and crowned half-length bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX, the artist's name, G.W. de Saulles is incuse on the base of the bust. The reverse depicts a war trophy set at the base of a palm tree with an oval shield bearing the Royal Arms at the centre resting against it; around above, ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM (translation - to pray for peace by force of arms); in exergue on a plaque, CHINA below the plaque, 1900. Edge impressed in block capitals: W.C. SMART . PTE., N.S.WALES NAV. CONTGT.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: boxer rebellion china 1899-1901
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, London, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: naval campaigns
Series: Campaign
DateEra: 1900 AD
Obverse Description: A veiled and crowned half-length bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX, the artist's name, G.W. de Saulles is incuse on the base of the bust.
Reverse Description: A war trophy set at the base of a palm tree with an oval shield bearing the Royal Arms at the centre resting against it; around above, ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM (translation - to pray for peace by force of arms); in exergue on a plaque, CHINA below the plaque, 1900
Edge Description: W.C. SMART . PTE., N.S.WALES NAV. CONTGT.
Inscriptions: VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX
G.W. de Saulles
ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM
CHINA 1900
W.C. SMART . PTE., N.S.WALES NAV. CONTGT
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Awarded To: Private W. Smart, New South Wales, Australia
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], B Simpkin - Spink & Sons Ltd., A Litherland - Spink & Sons Ltd., E Joslin - Spink & Sons Ltd., British Battles and Medals, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1988, 208 - 9 Pages

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