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1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal
  • 1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal
  • 1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal
  • 1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal
  • 1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal
  • 1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal

1799 British Seringapatam Tippoo Sultan Silver Medal

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£1,700.00


Product Description

A beautiful, very fine condition British made large silver medal that was awarded to men who fought against the armies of Tippoo (Tipu) Sultan in the 1799 Battle of Seringapatam, in India.

The medal was commissioned by the Honorable East India Company in 1801, but the Company's officers did not receive Royal sanction to wear the medal until 1815, whilst officers of the British Army did not receive permission until 1851. The medal has been minted in silver at the Soho Mint, in Birmingham in gold, silver gilt, silver, bronze and pewter. There are slightly smaller medals that were minted in 1808, in Calcutta (45mm) and of poorer quality. English medals are 48mm in diameter and carries the designer's initials CHK, for Kuchler. The initial K is mistakenly reversed on the Indian version.

The obverse shows the British lion triumphing over Tipu Sultan's tiger. The Arabic inscription in the pennant translates as The Victorious Lion of God. The date given in the exergue is IV MAY MDCCXCIX. On the reverse shows the attack on the fortress of Seringapatam. The Persian inscription underneath translates as Seringapatam God given 28th day of the month Zikadah, 1213 of the Hegira.
The medal comes with a piece of orange folded ribbon.

Condition is extremely good.

Size: 48 x 61 mm (1.9 x 2.4 inches)
Weight: 45.9 g

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