Efficiency Decoration

SKU: 02.GBR.0331.101.01

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  • Decoration (for Territorial Army, with GVR cypher) Obverse

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    October 17, 1930

History


The Efficiency Decoration was established by King George V on October 17, 1930. The Decoration was created to replace the Territorial Decoration and was awarded to part-time officers of the Territorial Army, Indian Voluntary Forces, and the Colonial Auxiliary Forces in recognition of 20 years of service, with war service counting as double. The qualifying period was reduced to 12 years in 1949. The Decoration was superseded in the United Kingdom by the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal in 2000. However, some Commonwealth countries continued to issue the award.

Clasps depicting the ruling monarch's cypher and the date of the award on the reverse were also introduced in 1949 to reward an additional 6 years of service.

The Decoration features a suspension bar denoting the country or area of service. A suspension with the inscription "TERRITORIAL" is worn to denote service in the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom. In 1969, following the introduction of the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve, the suspension bar was altered to read, "T & AVR" and a new ribbon pattern was issued for wear with the award. However, the suspension bar was reverted back to "TERRITORIAL" in 1982.

British recipients of the Decoration are entitled to the post-nominal letters "TD" and Commonwealth recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters "ED."

There are multiple versions of the Medal which vary by the cypher of the ruling Monarch. Only versions with clasps with an image are featured and there may be additional versions.

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Versions

  • Price

    $200-240 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54mm

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    The Decoration (for Territorial Army, with GVR cypher) image is attributed to the British Government (c.1930) and Andre Kritzinger at Wik...

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    $240+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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    Rev: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    37x54mm

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  • Price

    $100-130 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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    Rev: [RECIPIENT DETAILS]

  • Size

    37x54mm

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  • Price

    $240+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54mm

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  • Price

    $100-130 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The Decoration (for Territorial Army, with GVIR cypher) images are attributed to the British Government (c.1936) and Andre Kritzinger at ...

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  • Price

    $250 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x56mm

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  • Price

    $100-170 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54mm

  • Maker

    Royal Mint, London

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  • Price

    $150-200 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54-56mm

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  • Price

    $50-220 USD

  • Composition

    Silver/ Silver-gilt

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  • Size

    37x54mm

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    The Decoration (for Auxiliary Forces, with EIIR cypher) images feature a Decoration issued to Canadian Auxiliary Forces.

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Miniatures

  • Price

    $50 USD

  • Size

    24mm

  • Remarks

    The Miniature Decoration (for Territorial Army, with GVIR cypher) images are courtesy of Medal-Medaille. See the following page for more detail: http://www.medal-medaille.com/territorial-army-efficiency-decoration-george-type-1948-1952-issue-with-territorial-miniature-p-7672.html

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