China War Medal

SKU: 02.GBR.0179.101.01

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  • Silver Medal Obverse
  • Silver Medal Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    1842
  • makers
    Royal Mint, London
  • remarks
    The medal was engraved by William Wyon. The value of the medal is expected to differ according to the recipient. Medals awarded to British troops are expected to be on the higher end of the price range presented here.

History


The China War Medal was established in 1843 following the end of the First Opium War (1839-1842). It was awarded to all Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and enlisted men of the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Honourable East India Company Army in recognition of their participation in the following battles: the First Battle of Canton (1841), the Second Battle of Canton (1841), the First Capture of Chusan (1840), the Second Capture of Chusan (1841), the Battle of Amoy (1841), the Battle of Ningpo (1842), the Battle of Chinhai (1841), the Battle of Tzeki (1842), the Battle of Chapu (1842), the Battle of Woosung (1842), and the Battle of Chinkiang (1842).

The reverse features a Latin inscription that translates to "To demand peace by force of arms."

There is an additional, original version of the Medal which differs in design. The original version features a crowned lion trampling a Chinese Dragon on the reverse. The design was deemed offensive and replaced, but some medals are in existence.

There may be additional versions that differ in size.

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Versions

  • Price

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  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: VICTORIA REGINA Rev: ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACIM NANKING 1842

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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Version

China War Medal

  • Price

    $700-1500 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: VICTORIA REGINA Rev: ARMIS EXPOSCERE PACEM CHINA 1842 Rim: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    36mm

  • Maker

    Royal Mint, London

  • Version Remarks

    The Silver Medal is stamped "W.WYON R.A."

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