Coronation Metropolitan Police Pair.
Coronation (Police) Medal, 1902, Metropolitan Police version, bronze, attributed. Circular bronze medal with claw and swivel ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King Edward VII facing left, circumscribed ‘EDWARDUS VII REX IMPERATOR’ (Edward VII King Emperor), signed ‘DES’ (for George William de Saulles, 1862-1903, Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint); the reverse inscribed ‘CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII’ and dated ‘1902’ below right above a Tudor crown on branches of oak and laurel, all within a ring circumscribed above ‘METROPOLITAN • POLICE •’; attributed on the edge to ‘P. C.. S. KNIGHTS. P. DIV.’; on original shortened somewhat grubby ribbon.
The medal was instituted to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII on 9 August 1902 and awarded in different versions to Metropolitan Police, Fire and Ambulance Services. Only 16,709 bronze Metropolitan Police medals were awarded.
Coronation (Police) Medal, 1911, silver, Metropolitan Police version, attributed. Circular silver medal with claw and swivel ring suspension; the face with the crowned head and shoulders of King George V in coronation robes facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIUS V REX ET IND: IMP:’ (George V King and Emperor of India), signed ‘B.M.’ at the base (for the great Australian sculptor Sir Bertram Mackennal, K.C.V.O., R.A., 1863-1931); the reverse with an Imperial crown centrally within concentric rings, the first decorated with a floreate geometric pattern, the second inscribed ‘METROPOLITAN POLICE • CORONATION 1911’ within a border of stylised lilies; attributed on the edge to ‘P.C.. S. KNIGHTS.’; on replaced correct ribbon.
The medal was instituted to mark the coronation of George V and Queen Mary on 22 June 1911 and was presented in different versions to police, fire and ambulance services. Fewer than twenty thousand medals were awarded to members of the Metropolitan Police.
A good pair.