An 1857 Arctic Medal Consignment #20
An 1857 Arctic Medal - Silver, un-named, 33.3 mm x 48 mm, original ribbon, contact marks, slight knock to suspension star, otherwise very fine. Footnote: The medal was instituted in 1857 and was awarded retrospectively to all officers and men engaged in expeditions to the polar regions from 1818 to 1855, including those involved in the on-going search for the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845-1848. Thus the medal was granted to civilians, scientists, personnel of the French and American Navies and employees of the Hudson's Bay Company who took part in a number of abortive search parties for Sir John Franklin and his crew. 1,106 medals, out of 1,486 in all, were awarded to officers and ratings of the Royal Navy. (C:20).