Description: Sanctioned in April 1856 the obverse of this medal shows the diademed head of Queen Victoria with the inscription ‘VICTORIA REGINA’. The reverse depicts the seated figure of Britannia holding a trident in her right hand while she is looking towards her left. On her seat is a cannon and set of cannon balls behind which are two crossed flags surmounted by a crown. In the background is the fortress of Bomarsund to Britannia’s left and the fort of Sveaborg to her right. Above is the word BALTIC with the dates 1854-1855 and the makers name L. C. Wyon in the exergue below. The medal was fitted with a scroll type swivelling suspender sweated to the medal.
Clasps: None authorised for this medal.
Naming: Issued un-named except for those awarded to the Royal Sappers and Miners which are found impressed in the style of the Military General Service Medal. Privately named examples are also encountered.
Comments: This medal was almost exclusively issued to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Only about 100 were issued to the Royal Sappers and Miners, which are considered highly collectable, and the collector should take great care to verify such medals when encountered. The medal was struck in two different thicknesses.
Information courtesy of www.BRITISHMEDALS.INFO
Named to JAMES SMITH. 637 A.B.H.M.S. CUMBERLAND
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