East India Company; issuer
George III (1760-1820); ruler; struck in the rule of
Lester Watson Collection
Capture of Ceylon Medal; denomination
East India Co.; subsubsubseries
The island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, was first taken over from its inhabitants by the Portuguese in 1505; the Dutch replaced them during the seventeenth century. In a campaign from 1795 to 1796 the British East India Company ousted Dutch rule and took the island over.
This medal was issued by the Company to a force of 120 Indian gunners from the Bengal Artillery who served in the campaign. It is unnamed, and the recipient's identity unknown. Lester Watson bought it from the dealer Gifford in 1927.
Calcutta, mint, place
weight, 48.32, g
diameter, 50.2, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Gifford 1927
design; obverse; [This Medal was given by way of acknowledgement of services in Ceylon in the year of the Hijra, 1209-1210]; Persian inscription
design; reverse; Inscription
Watson Catalogue; 50
Images of Empire: The British Empire on 19th century medals. 2013-04-23 - 2013-09-29
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 28
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Ceylon, East India Co., 1795-6 (1807). (Silver, with suspension and yellow cord.) Unnamed. FDC condition.
Object Number: LW.0047
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(record id: 141258; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2013-04-22)