Oval bronze gilt medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) with his title circumscribed, all within a decorative lotus border; the reverse inscribed in Thai script ‘To Commemorate the Humble Service Rendered on the Occasion of His Record Reign, Rattanakosin Era 127, all within a decorative lotus border; the gilding now age faded; on replaced suspension ring and ribbon.
The Medal was instituted by King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) and presented on 11 November 1908 to mark the unveiling that day of the equestrian statue commissioned and erected by public subscription to mark the fortieth year of his reign. The Medal was produced in gold, silver, bronze gilt, enamelled gold-plated silver and enamelled silver versions.
King Chulalongkorn was born on 20 September 1853, eldest son of Mongkut (Rama IV), inspiration for the story ‘The King and I’. He succeeded his father on 1 October 1863 but, being under-age, a Regency was in place for the next four years, during which he travelled in Asia. He assumed full power on 16 November 1873. The following years saw many reforms and modernisation that strengthened the king’s hold on power, improved the lives of ordinary Thais and succeeded in keeping Thailand independent of European colonial expansion.
He died on 23 October 1910 and was succeeded by second son, Vajiravudh, as Rama VI. His high reputation has stood the test of time and he is revered as one of Thailand’s greatest kings.
The statue still stands on the Royal Plaza in front of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok.
The Medal is rare