is an unusual medal bearing the small head of Queen Victoria
to the obverse inside a 9 pointed star with the letters
making up the word ‘ABYSSINIA’ appearing between the
points. The reverse has an embossed name of the
recipient often including his number and regiment or ship
within a laurel wreath. The suspender takes the shape
of a ring attached to a crown which is sweated to the medal.
authorised for this medal.
with white stripes to each edge and 1.50” wide.
embossed naming appears on the reverse of this medal in
small capital letters however some issued to native troops
medal was costly to make due to the embossed nature of the
naming requiring a die to be cut for each individual
medal’s reverse. Although the medals were struck at
the Royal Mint (with a blank reverse) the naming was carried
out by the firm of G. Austin who used an unrecorded method
of punching mild steel cylinders with the name which was
then used to hammer the reverse of the medal. This
resulted in flattening of the obverse which is evident on
most examples encountered today.