Cased example of the Empress of India large silver medal of 1877


A very fine example of the silver Empress of India medal struck to be given to selected recipients at the 1877 Imperial Assemblage in Delhi. On this occasion the Viceroy, Lord Lytton, declared that Queen Victoria had assumed the title of Empress of India – regarded as honour to the Indian nation as well as to the Queen. I The obverse depicts the crowned Queen Victoria clearly wearing the star of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India which had been introduced in the previous decade. The reverse bears the simple wording Empress of India which is repeated in both Urdu and Hindi. It was issued with a long length of ribbon to be worn round the neck. This example retains a decent 10 inch length ribbon. The medal is of the unusually large size [58mm diameter compared with the 36mm of most British medals]. The gold examples were given to Indian Ruling Princes and a few other high officials. The silver examples were not given out widely but went to senior people a little lower in the order of precedence. There appears to be no surviving medal roll or distribution list for this medal but we have been recording examples of people wearing the medal and they are few. It was issued unnamed. This example retains the original case of issue of purple leather with an imperial crown in gilt to the lid. The inside of the lid of the box has the mark G.C.ADAMS, F.S.A., Sculptor, LONDON. The same box was used for both gold and silver medals.  SOLD 18th March 2019