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Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: metal
Dimensions: 36mm (width), 55mm (length), 5mm (depth)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2017/2

A George V issue silver Polar Medal with two bars (Antarctic 1914-16 and Antarctic 1917), awarded to Arnold Spencer-Smith for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914–17 (Endurance).

Physical description:

An octagonal silver medal, 33mm in diameter. The obverse bears the effigy of George V in admiral’s uniform, with the inscription 'GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:' around the circumference. The reverse depicts the ship Discovery in winter quarters with a sledging party of six men in the foreground on skis, and a heavily laden sledge with sail. The edge is engraved with the name of the recipient, 'REV. A.P. SPENCER-SMITH, PHOTOGRAPHER "AURORA"'.

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