Java Medal, in Gold

SKU: 02.GBR.0161.101.01

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  • Java Medal, in Gold Obverse
  • Java Medal, in Gold Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    1812
  • makers
    Calcutta Mint, Calcutta
  • remarks
    It should be noted that later strikings exist, but they are not original and are not listed here.

History


The Java Medal was established by the Honourable East India Company in 1812 in commemoration of the capture of Java from the Dutch in 1811. The Medal was awarded to all Indian troops of the Honourable East India Company Army who served in the campaign, however, a distinction of rank was made through differences in composition. The Gold Medal was awarded to Senior Officers and the Silver Medal was awarded to Junior Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Sepoys.

The Medal depicts the capture of Fort Cornelis on August 26, 1811. The reverse features a Farsi inscription that can be translated to "This medal was conferred in commemoration of the bravery and courage exhibited by the Sepoys of the English Company in the capture of the Kingdom of Java in the year of Hegira 1228." It was issued unnamed and was typically worn on a yellow cord.

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  • Price

    $10000+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

    Obv: CORNELIS Rev: JAVA CONQUERED XXVI AUGUST MDCCCXI. [FARSI INSCRIPTION]

  • Size

    49-51mm

  • Maker

    Calcutta Mint, Calcutta

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