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Date Instituted

1879

Campaign

South Africa 1877-79

Obverse

Head of Queen Victoria with the inscription ‘VICTORIA  REGINA’

Reverse

A crouching lion drinking from a waterhole in front of a protea bush with the words ‘SOUTH  AFRICA` above  and native shield and spears below

Size

36mm

Metal:

Silver

Naming

Impressed Roman capital letters or engraved

Clasps

6 - 1877;  1877-8;  1877-8-9;  1878;  1878-9; 1879

Approx. Medals issued


Comments

Awarded for various campaigns in South Africa between 1877 and 1879 the most important of which was the Zulu War in 1879. The most sought after medals of this type are those awarded to members of the 24th Regiment who were either annihilated at the Battle of Isandhlwana or defended Rorke’s Drift in January 1879.

SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL