Antarctic Polar Medal: Robert Falcon Scott, with two bars

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One silver octagonal medal with a white ribbon and two bars. First bar reads 'Antarctic 1902-04', second bar reads 'Antarctic 1910-13'. On the obverse around Sovereign's head reads 'Edwards VII Rex Imperator', and around the medal rim reads 'Commander R. F. Scott, Discovery'.
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Diameter: 33mm (1 5/16")
Thickness: 3.5mm
Measurement (HxWxD): 100 x 33 x 5mm
Dimensions (h x w): 33 x 100mm
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Until 1904 service in polar regions was recognised by the award of the Arctic Medal. With the completion of the National Antarctic Expedition under the leadership of Commander Robert Falcon Scott, 1901-1904, a need was felt for a medal which acknowledged the Antarctic. A new medal was struck, to be known as the Polar Medal, which was to cover both regions.The first award of this medal was to Commander (Later Captain) Robert Falcon Scott of the Royal Navy and this medal is on displayed at Canterbury Museum. Of the complement of the expedition ship Discovery, 37 received the silver medal, 5 the bronze and 5 received no recognition.
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Marks/Inscriptions: (Around Sovereign's head) EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR; Type of mark: Inscription
Marks/Inscriptions: COMMANDER/R.F.SCOT/T. "DISCOVERY"; Type of mark: Inscription; Method: Engraved
Marks/Inscriptions: ANTARCTIC 1902-04; Type of mark: Inscription; Method: embossed; Notes: In order from lowest upwards.
Marks/Inscriptions: ANTARCTIC 1910-13; Type of mark: Inscription; Method: embossed




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