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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: N: 1138
Object name: Medal
Title: Medal
Description: A Royal Geographical Society Patron's Medal (George V issue), in a dark blue case, awarded posthumously to Edward Adrian Wilson for the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) and presented to Mrs Wilson in 1913. The medal was awarded for Wilson's 'excellent work in the study of the zoology of the Antarctic ... and for his skill as an artist.'
Classified name:
SPRI theme medals
Current place name Antarctica > Ross Dependency
UDC 737.2
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT medals
Number of items: 2
Full description:

medal: A circular gold medal, 55mm in diameter, enclosed in glass. The obverse shows the head of George V, with the legend 'GEORGIVS V D:G: BRITT:OMN:REX F:D: IND:IMP:MCMX' and 'PATRONVS' written below. On the truncation is written the name of the designer, 'A.G. WYON'. The reverse shows the full length figure of Britannia wearing a helmet. Her right arm is extended and in her right hand she holds a wreath of laurel, in her left hand she holds a scroll, behind her is a geographical sphere, and on her right side a sextant. Above the figure are the words 'OB TERRAS RECLVSAS'. The exergue reads 'ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON'. The edge of the medal is inscribed with the name of the recipient and the date, 'DR EDWARD A. WILSON. 1913'.

case: A rectangular case with a dark blue faux leather covering, and with metal clasp and textile hinge. It is lined with a red velvety textile.

  • medal: Diameter: 55mm, depth: 12mm
  • case: Width: 126mm, height: 40mm, length: 90mm
Associated person(s):
  • Awarded to: Wilson, Edward Adrian (1901 - 1913)
Associated organisation(s):
  • Awarded by: Royal Geographical Society (1913 - 1913)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Awarded for: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)
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