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The Illustrated London News
The Medal for China

Article from The Illustrated London News, 14 February 1846.

The Medal for China.

The Medal to be distributed to the officers and soldiers, who served in China, during the late war is now in course of being struck at the Royal Mint, from a die by Mr. Wyon, the Engraver-in-chief. There will be required 18,000: they are all

Medal for China.

to be of silver (intrinsic value about 5s. 6d.); no difference being made between those to be presented to the officers and those to be given to the men. The Medal is about half the size represented in the present column. It is, certainly a fine work of art, and will add even to Mr. Wyon's high reputation. It bears a portrait of her Majesty, an excellent likeness: on the Royal brow, is the tiara: the legend is, "Victoria Regina." The likeness is strikingly beautiful; and the relief admirably executed. On the reverse, is a picturesque group of the weapons of the army and navy, resting under the shadow of a palm-tree: in front of the weapons are the armorial bearings of Great Britain. Above the group are the words "Armis exposcere pacem;" and underneath the arms, is the word "China." and the date of the War, "1842." On the rim are inscribed the name and regiment. "The ribbon," (it is stated in the "Art Union,") "is to be of scarlet, with a yellow border, the scarlet denoting the colour of England, and the yellow being the imperial colour of China. The Medals will probably be issued to the soldiers and sailors about the middle of the year."

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