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Medal

Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod)
Materials: Unknown
Dimensions: 70mm (diameter), 5mm (depth); 110mm (width), 22mm (height), 110mm (length)
Date: 1907-1909
Ref no: Y: 74/1/1

A Royal Geographical Society Special Award awarded to Ernest E.M. Joyce, with a dark brown case. It is a silver copy of the gold Shackleton Medal awarded to Ernest Shackleton in 1909 for the British Antarctic Expedition 1907–09 (Nimrod); Joyce was in charge of general stores on the expedition.

Physical description:

medal: A circular silver medal, 70mm in diameter. The obverse shows a bust of Shackleton, head uncovered, wearing naval jacket, straight collar and tie. The upper circumference bears the inscription in large raised letters 'ERNEST. H. SHACKLETON. MVO.FRGS', and on the lower circumference is written 'COMMANDER OF THE EXPEDITION'. To the left and right are the dates of the expedition, '1907' and '1909'. Under the lapel of the coat is the name of the designer, 'GILBERT BAYES'. The reverse shows two explorers standing on either side of a sledge to which two ponies are harnessed, and behind in the distance is the Beardmore Glacier. The lower half bears the inscription 'PRESENTED BY THE // ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY // FOR // ANTARCTIC DISCOVERY // 1909'. The edge is marked 'E. JOYCE'.

case: A square case with a dark brown embossed leather covering, and a metal clasp and hinges. The lid is lined with a blue-purple satiny textile and bears in gold lettering a crown symbol and the words 'WYON // 287 // Regent Street. W.'. The base is lined with a blue-purple velvety textile.

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