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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 83/12
Object name: Medallion
Title: Medallion
Description: An official silver medallion (number 1881) issued in 1972 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Shackleton's death, with a dark blue case and a certificate of authenticity.
Classified name:
SPRI theme memorabilia and souvenirs
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 737.2
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT medals
Number of items: 3
Full description:

medallion: A circular silver medal, 38mm in diameter. The obverse bears a profile bust of Shackleton, with the words '50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH' in the upper circumference and 'SHACKLETON FORTITUDINE VINCIMUS' in the lower circumference. The reverse shows a map of Antarctica tracing the drift of Endurance, with an image of Endurance overlaid. In the bottom circumference are the words 'ENDURANCE BESET 1915'. The edge is engraved with the number '1014' (the strike number of the medal) and has several hallmarks.

case and certificate of authenticity: A square case with a dark blue covering and a metal hinge. The lid is lined with a cream satiny textile, and the base is lined with a blue velvet textile. Inside the case is square piece of yellow card which reads: 'OFFICIAL MEDALLION TO MARK THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON'S DEATH // On the 5th of January, 1922, Sir Ernest Shackleton died while his ship, the "Quest," was lying at Grytviken in South Georgia. // This medallion is being issued to commemorate his achievements in exploration and research within the British Antarctic area. // Signature [V.E. Fuchs] // Director, British Antarctic Survey // No. 1014 // Signature [?] // For and on behalf of Crown Agents'

  • medallion: Diameter: 38mm, depth: 3mm
  • case and certificate of authenticity: Width: 63mm, height: 19mm, length: 63mm
Associated person(s):
  • : Shackleton, Ernest Henry ( - )
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