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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 331

A highly unusual Army of India Medal, struck in solid gold

Army of India 1799-1826, short-hyphen reverse, 3 clasps, Gawilghur, Argaum, Assye, unnamed, one minor edge knock, very fine and rare

67.24 grams, tests as 97.43 gold content.

Undoubtedly the most famous recipient of this Medal with these three clasps was Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington who, as Colonel (and later Major-General) Arthur Wellesley, won several notable and hard-fought victories in India in the first years of the 19th Century. He lived just long enough to claim his three-clasp Army of India Medal, which is currently on display at Apsley House as part of the Wellington Collection.

It is supposed that this particular medal, struck from the same dies as the standard (silver) issue, may have been created as a trial, specimen, display, or special presentation piece.

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