Instituted in 1856 for officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for operations against Russia in the Baltic at the same time as the war in the Crimea. It was also awarded to Sappers and Miners engaged in the demolition of Russian fortifications of Bomarsund and Sveaborg. Medals were generally issued unnamed but often privately named afterwards, the exception being medals to the Sappers and Miners which were officially stamped.
Obverse shows a profile of a young Queen Victoria by Wyon and the reverse has Britannia seated on a plinth decorated by a cannon, with a coastal scene in the backgrounmd and BALTIC round the top.
Ribbon : Yellow with light blue edges.