1897 - Medal

Victoria Diamond Jubilee, Ceylon

A large copper Medal issued for the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee by the governor in Ceylon.

SPECIFICATIONS
AlloyCopper
Diameter34.9 mm
Thickness2.7 mm
Weight17.47 gms
ShapeRound
EdgePlain Engraved
DieAxis
1897_victoria60_cu_obverse 1897_victoria60_cu_reverse
Uncataloged

Obverse : Crowned veiled or widow head of Queen Victoria. 1837-1897 below with VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP above along the periphery inside raised rim.
Reverse : Elephant on ground facing left in front of dagoba at center within two plain circles which has sixteen alternating dots and plus in annulus. CEYLON on top with

TO COMMEMORATE SIXTY YEARS OF HER MAJESTYS REIGN
THE RT HON. J. WEST RIDGWAY, K.C.B. K.G.S.I. GOVERNOR.
below along the periphery in two lines, inside raised rim.

The more mature portrait of Queen Victoria wearing a crown and a veil, was introduced in 1893 and continued through to her death in 1901.

A dispatch dated 1870 August 17, from Governor Sir Hercules Robinson to the Colonial Office stating that the "Elephant and Dagoba" design, prepared by Mr. Smithers of the Public Works Department appears to his Executive Council to be more suitable than the arms of the colony, to be represented in the Public Seal of the Island of Ceylon. This symbol was adopted by the Ceylon Government Railways (CGR) and the Ceylon Post Office, but was not adopted in the court of arms for Ceylon.

The medal was scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 180 dpi. It was purchased from an dealer in Colombo in 2011 December.