Medal, New Zealand

A New Zealand Medal. The silver medal features a left facing profile of Queen Victoria on the obverse. " VICTORIA D:G:BRITT:REG:F.D " is marked around the edge of the profile. A wreath is featured on the reverse with " NEW ZEALAND VIRTUTIS HONOR " marked around the edge of it. "SERGT. R. EARL TARANAKI MILITIA " is marked on the edge of the medal. The medal is attached to a blue ribbon with a central red stripe by a straight suspension bar ornamented with fern leaf designs. The ribbon is mounted on a solid base.
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This medal was awarded to Robert Albert Nicholson Earl, a teacher and artist who Served in the Taranaki Militia during the Taranaki Wars. See p. 96 of the book The New Zealand medal to colonials : detailed medal rolls of officers and men in colonial units who received the New Zealand Medal for service in the New Zealand Wars, 1845-1872.
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