The King's Coronation Medal is a commemorative medal that was first introduced in the United Kingdom to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It was created as a way to recognize and reward those who had contributed to the success of the coronation ceremonies.
The medal was designed by Sir Bertram Mackennal, a renowned sculptor who had previously designed the King's South Africa Medal and the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal. The obverse of the medal features a bust of the monarch, while the reverse depicts a winged figure of victory holding a palm branch and a laurel wreath.
The King's Coronation Medal was awarded to a wide range of individuals who played a part in the coronation ceremonies, including members of the royal household, dignitaries, officials, and representatives from various organizations. It was also awarded to members of the armed forces who had served on active duty during the coronation period.
The medal was subsequently awarded to mark the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, with each monarch's portrait appearing on the obverse. In addition, a special version of the medal was produced in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI as Emperor of India.
Today, the King's Coronation Medal is considered a significant piece of British history and is highly prized by collectors. It serves as a reminder of the pomp and ceremony of past coronations, and the important role played by individuals in making them a success.
King Charles III Coronation Medal
Soldiers and emergency workers are among more than 400,000 people who will be given a medal for their efforts to support the King's coronation.
Everyone actively contributing to and supporting the event on Saturday will be awarded it, including police officers, choristers, military personnel and ambulance workers.
The medals are a gift from the nation to commemorate the coronation for the people who will make the service on Saturday happen, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said.
The medals, made of nickel silver, feature a portrait of the King and the Queen Consort on one side and the royal cypher, a laurel wreath and the date of the coronation on the other.
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said the medal will "act as a reminder of the important part each person has played in this moment of history".
It will also be given to current members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and armed forces who have completed five full years of service.