Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
Awarded by the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms
Type Commemoration medal
Eligibility Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for community contribution
Established 2 June 1953
Total awarded 138,214
Order of wear
Next (higher) Dependent on state
Equivalent Dependent on state
Next (lower) Dependent on state
Related Silver Jubilee Medal,
Golden Jubilee Medal,
Diamond Jubilee Medal

Ribbon bar

The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal is a commemorative medal which was instituted to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


For Coronation and Jubilee medals, the practice up until 1977 was that the authorities in the United Kingdom decided on a total number to be produced, then allocated a proportion to each of the Commonwealth countries and Crown dependencies and other possessions of the Crown. The award of the medals was then at the discretion of the government of each territory, which was left free to decide who was to be awarded a medal and why.[1]

A total of 138,214 medals were awarded, including:


The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal is a silver disk, 1.25 inches in diameter. The obverse features a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right, in a high-collared ermine cloak and wearing the collar of the Garter and Badge of the Bath. There is no raised rim and no legend.

The reverse shows the Royal Cypher "EIIR", surmounted by a large crown. The legend around the edge reads "QUEEN ELIZABETH II CROWNED 2nd JUNE 1953". The medal was designed by Cecil Thomas.[3]

The dark red ribbon is 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, with 564 inch (2 mm) wide white edges and two narrow dark blue stripes in the centre, each 564 inch (2 mm) wide and 116 inch (1.6 mm) apart.

Ladies who were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow, as depicted.

The medals were issued without inscription, except for the 37 issued to the British Mount Everest Expedition. These were engraved "MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION" on the rim.

Precedence by country

Some orders of precedence are as follows:

Country Preceding Following
Australia Australia
Order of precedence[4]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
New Zealand New Zealand
Order of precedence[5]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
South Africa South Africa
Order of precedence[6]
Tshumelo Ikatelaho - General Service Medal Independence Medal (Transkei)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of precedence[7]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

See also


  1. New Zealand Defence Force - British Commonwealth Jubilee And Coronation Medals - The Coronation Medal 1953 Archived 23 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 5 May 2015)
  2. Veterans Affairs Canada - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953) (Accessed 5 May 2015)
  3. "Cecil Walter Thomas OBE, FRBS". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland–1951. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards" (PDF). Government House. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  5. "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  6. Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 477, no. 27376, Pretoria, 11 March 2005, OCLC 72827981
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56878. p. 3352. 17 March 2003.
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