|King George V Coronation Medal|
Obverse and reverse of the medal
|Awarded by United Kingdom
|Awarded for||Participation in coronation, or community service|
|Related||George V Police Coronation Medal
Delhi Durbar Medal, 1911
King’s Visit to Ireland Medal, 1911
It was the first British commemorative medal to be awarded to people who were not in attendance at the coronation and, as well of those involved in the ceremony, it was given to selected dignitaries, officials and members of the armed forces, both in Britain and across the Empire.
On 30 June 1911 a special ceremony was held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for King George V to present medals to all members of the Colonial and Indian contingents who had represented the overseas troops in the Coronation procession. The ceremony lasted two hours, medals being handed by the King to each of the 300 recipients present.
For this and subsequent Coronation and Jubilee medals, the practice up until 1977 was that United Kingdom authorities decided on a total number to be produced, then allocated a proportion to each of the Commonwealth countries and Crown dependencies and possessions. The award of the medals was then at the discretion of the local government authority, who were free to decide who would be awarded a medal and why.
A total of 15,901 medals were awarded, including 286 to Australians.