THE EDWARD MEDAL (MINES) GEO.V.  BRONZE TYPE
THE EDWARD MEDAL (MINES) GEO.V. BRONZE TYPE
THE EDWARD MEDAL (MINES) GEO.V. BRONZE TYPE
£79.95
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THE EDWARD MEDAL ( MINES ) GEO.V. BRONZE TYPE.

A STUNNING QUALITY FULL-SIZE DIE-STRUCK REPLICA.

IN MINT CONDITION AND COMPLETE WITH A LENGTH OF NEW RIBBON.

 

ALSO AVAILABLE IN SILVER-PLATE FINISH AND WITH GEO.VI or E.II.R. OBVERSE

 

PRICE = £79.95

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The Edward Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant on 13 July 1907 to recognise acts of bravery of miners and quarrymen in endangering their lives to rescue their fellow workers. The original Royal Warrant was amended by a further Royal Warrant on 1 December 1909 to encompass acts of bravery by all industrial workers in factory accidents and disasters, creating two versions of the Edward Medal: Mines and Industry.

In both case (Mines and Industry), the medal was divided in two grades: first class (silver) and second class (bronze). The cost of the Edward Medal (Mines) was borne by a fund established by a group of philanthropists (including prominent mine owners) and not the state.

The Edward Medal (Mines) was awarded only 395 times (77 silver and 318 bronze) and the Edward Medal (Industry) only 188 times (25 silver and 163 bronze, of which only two were awarded to women), making the Edward Medal one of the rarest British gallantry awards.

Only posthumous awards were made after 1949, and the Edward Medal (Industry) (1st class) has not been awarded since 1948.

The Edward Medal was discontinued in 1971, when surviving recipients of the Edward Medal (along with holders of the Albert Medal) were invited to exchange their award for the George Cross. Nine (2 silver, 7 bronze) elected not to exchange their medals.

 

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