The Rare Turkish Crimea War Medal

In a follow up to last week’s post, today we focus on the Turkish Crimea War Medal (British issue), shown here on the right, which holds its own unique tale of loss and history. British servicemen were intended to receive their own medals, but fate intervened when the ship carrying 22,000 British medals was tragically lost at sea. As a result, the soldiers were presented with one of three versions, the most prevalent being the Sardinian type.

What distinguishes these medals is the symbolic positioning of the Turkish flag, placed prominently to the left of the British ensign on all variants, a design choice that cements the alliance between the nations during the conflict. Additionally, each version carries a distinct inscription in the exergue: “Crimea 1855” signifies the British issue showcased here, while the French and Sardinians have their own language variations.