Ghuznee Medal 1839


Shah Shoojah intended this medal to be distributed to the British and Indian troops who took part in the battle of Ghazni. But he was assassinated on 5 April 1842, so the Governor-General honoured his intentions and had it manufactured in the mint at Calcutta. The obverse has an image of the fortress with Ghuznee written below. The reverse has a laurel wreath within which is 23d July and a Mural crown, and 1839 below, with space in the middle for the recipient's name to be engraved. The ribbon is half green and half crimson. There were 8,371 medals issued, in Nov 1842.


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by Stephen Luscombe