Messina Earthquake Commemorative Medal

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SKU: 02.GBR.0229.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

  • Silver Medal Obverse
  • Silver Medal Obverse Detail
  • Silver Medal Reverse
  • Silver Medal Reverse Detail

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Great Britain
  • Makers
    L. Giorgi
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: VITTORIO EMANUELE III RE D'ITALIA Rev: MEDAGLIA COMMEMORATIVA TERREMOTO CALABRO SICULO 28 DICEMBRE 1908
  • Size
    31.5mm
  • Version Remarks
    The obverse features the maker's mark, "L. GIORGI."

History


The Messina Earthquake Commemoration Medal was instituted by the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III, on January 4, 1909. The Silver Medal was awarded to Officers and men of the British Royal Navy and to members of the Mercantile Marine who aided in the relief operations of Messina following the tragic earthquake on December 28, 1908, which took the lives of a third of the population of Messina.

An associated, special Messina Earthquake Merit Medal (see ITL271) was also issued by the King of Italy which was awarded in recognition of distinguished assistance, medical treatment, and other services provided to the victims of Messina during the aftermath of the earthquake. The Messina Earthquake Merit Medal was awarded in Gold, Silver, and Bronze. A 40mm medal was awarded to institutions and organizations, and a 30-35mm medal to personnel.

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