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India General Service Medal, 1854-1895

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India General Service Medal 1854-1895

This medal was the first of five general service medals issued to cover campaigns in India. Instituted in 1854. The maximum number of bars to one medal is seven. Some of the 24 bars are very rare. At first the medal was awarded in silver to all ranks but from 1885 it was issued in bronze to native support personnel.

The obverse shows a profile by Qyon of Queen Victoria. The reverse has the figure of Victory crowning a seated warrior.

The ribbon is three crimson and two dark blue bars of equal width.