Medal, Arctic

An Arctic Medal. The silver octagonal medal has a beaded rim. The obverse features a left facing profile of Queen Victoria. " VICTORIA REGINA " is marked around the edge. It is surmounted by a nine pointed star which represents the pole star. A suspension ring is attached to the top of the star. The reverse features a three masted vessel sailing in icy waters with a sledge party in the foreground. " FOR ARCTIC DISCOVERIES 1818-1855 " is marked on the reverse. The medal is attached to a white ribbon mounted on cardboard.
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This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by the prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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