King George VI Coronation Medal
The King George VI Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal made to celebrate the coronation
A coronation is a ceremony marking the formal investiture of a monarch and/or their consort with regal power, usually involving the placement of a crown upon their head and the presentation of other items of regalia...

 of King George VI
George VI of the United Kingdom
George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death...



For Coronation and Jubilee medals, the practice up until 1977 was that United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 authorities decided on a total number to be produced, then allocated a proportion to each of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth of Nations
The Commonwealth of Nations, normally referred to as the Commonwealth and formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of fifty-four independent member states...

 countries and Crown dependencies
Crown dependency
The Crown Dependencies are British possessions of the Crown, as opposed to overseas territories of the United Kingdom. They comprise the Channel Island Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey in the English Channel, and the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea....

 and possessions. The award of the medals was then at the discretion of the local government authority, who were free to decide who got a medal and why.

A total of 90,279 medals were issued, including
  • 6,887 to Australians
  • 10,089 to Canadians


  • A circular, silver
    Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal...

     medal, 1.25 inches in diameter. Featured on the obverse are the conjoined effigies of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
    Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the queen consort of King George VI from 1936 until her husband's death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II...

    , crowned and robed, facing left. The rim is not raised on this medal and there is no legend.
  • The Royal Cypher
    Royal Cypher
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    GRI appears on the reverse, surmounted by a large crown, with the inscription CROWNED / 12 May 1937 below the Royal Cypher in tow lines. Around the rim of the medal is the inscription: GEORGE VI QVEEN ELIZABETH (a V in Queen rather than a U).
  • The garter-blue ribbon is 1.25 inches (31.8 mm) wide; with a narrow (0.25 inch) band consisting of three equal widths of white, red, and white, at each edge.
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