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Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
Medalla de la coronació d'Elizabeth II 1953 (UK).jpg
Awarded by United Kingdom
and Commonwealth
Type Medal
Eligibility Commonwealth citizens
Awarded for community contribution
Clasps None
Established 2 June 1953
Total awarded 138,214
Next (higher) Dependent on state
Equivalent Dependent on state
Next (lower) Dependent on state
Related Silver Jubilee Medal,
Golden Jubilee Medal,
Diamond Jubilee Medal
UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar of the medal

The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal made 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 got a medal and why.[1]

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

  • 11,561 to Australians.
  • 12,500 to Canadians.[2]


A circular, silver medal, 1.25 inches in diameter. The obverse features a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, in a high-collared ermine cloak and wearing the collar of the Garter and Badge of the Bath, and facing right. 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 dark red ribbon is 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, with two narrow dark blue stripes (0.09375 inches {3/32"} wide) in the centre (0.0625" apart) and narrow white stripes (0.0625") at each edge. Ladies awarded the medal can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.

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[3]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
New Zealand New Zealand
Order of precedence[4]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
South Africa South Africa
Order of precedence[5]
Tshumelo Ikatelaho - General Service Medal Independence Medal (Transkei)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of precedence[6]
King George VI Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

See also


  1. NZDF Medals
  2. Veterans Affairs Canada
  3. "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards". Government House. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 477, no. 27376, Pretoria, 11 March 2005, OCLC 72827981
  6. "No. 56878". 17 March 2003. 

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