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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: N: 1139
Object name: Medal
Title: Medal
Description: A Royal Geographical Society Special Award awarded to Edward Adrian Wilson. It is a silver copy of the gold Scott Medal awarded to Captain Robert Falcon Scott in 1904 for the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901–04 (Discovery).
Classified name:
SPRI theme medals
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 737.2
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT medals
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A circular silver medal, 70mm in diameter. The obverse shows a bust of Scott wearing naval cap and uniform, beneath which are two large branches of laurel. The upper circumference bears the inscription 'TO CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT RN MVO FRGS', and on the lower circumference is written 'COMMANDER OF THE EXPEDITION'. To the left and right are the dates of the expedition, 'JANUARY 2 1902' and 'MARCH 5 1904'. At the bottom is the name of the designer, 'GILBERT BAYES'. The reverse shows an Antarctic scene. In the foreground are two figures in polar kit, one standing erect, the other kneeling beside a sledge carrying a flag. In the background is the expedition’s ship, Discovery, in sea ice, and in the distance is a sledge party. The upper circumference bears the inscription 'PRESENTED BY THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY' and the lower circumference 'FOR ANTARCTIC DISCOVERY'. At the bottom is a group of penguins and seals. The edge of the medal is inscribed 'SURGEON EDWARD WILSON, M.B.'.

  • Diameter: 5mm, depth: 70mm
Associated person(s):
  • Awarded to: Wilson, Edward Adrian (1901 - 1904)
Associated organisation(s):
  • Awarded by: Royal Geographical Society (1904 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Awarded for: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)
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