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British Commonwealth Jubilee and Coronation Medals - The Coronation Medal 1953

Obverse View

The Coronation Medal 1953 obverse view

Reverse View

The Coronation Medal 1953 reverse view

About this medal

This medal was issued to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It was awarded to citizens of the British Commonwealth both military and civilian. Only 37 medals were issued with the names of the recipients engraved on them. These were awarded to the members of the British expedition which had reached the summit of Mount Everest on the morning of the Coronation ceremony. New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two climbers who conquered the mountain, was knighted and received the Coronation Medal from the new Queen at Buckingham Palace several weeks later.

A list of the 23 New Zealand Police recipients of the Coronation Medal 1953 can be found on p.175 of John D. Will's book, To Guard My People: Honours and Awards to the Police in New Zealand 1861-1995, published by the New Zealand Police Force in 1995.

Royal Warrant

Coronation and Jubilee Medals are instituted by Royal Warrant by the reigning Sovereign. The Warrant outlines the reason for the institution of the medal, its design and the colour of the medal ribbon. In some cases the Warrant also specifies the groups of citizens to whom the medal is to be issued. The award coverage is usually found in publications such as the ‘Medal Yearbook' published by Medal News.

Medal Regulations

Regulations are not generally required for Coronation and Jubilee medals, however individual Commonwealth countries may issue instructions regarding the award of the medal to specific groups in the community.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for Coronation or Jubilee Medals.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977

Information about Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 can be viewed here.

Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal 2003

Information about Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal 2003 can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page of this website.