Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal


The first issue of this medal was made in 1830 with the obverse depicting the royal arms and small shield of the House of Hanover surrounded by a trophy of arms.  The reverse has the inscription 'FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT' in large letters.  The suspender was originally a steel clip with a ring but was later replaced by a rectangular steel clip with a U shape on the lower bar to pass through the clip that attached it to the medal.  This medal was designed by B. Pistrucci who also designed the famous St George and Dragon.

In 1837 with the coronation of Queen Victoria the House of Hanover Shield was removed but it was not until 1839 that the new dies were available so the old ones were used.  The reverse remained the same (smaller letters were used later on during the Victorian period) and the rectangular steel suspender continued until it was replaced by the often used scroll suspender.  It is unknown when this scroll suspender was introduced but it would have been sometime during the 1850's.

After the death of Queen Victoria the obverse of this medal was changed to the ruling monarch's head.  The first issue of this type was during King Edward VII's reign and then King George V.  Both versions kept the original reverse but with smaller letters of the later Victorian issues.  In about 1920 the scroll suspender was altered to a non-swivelling type.  By 1930 the medal was dis-continued and replaced by the Military Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.


A bar was authorised for those who qualified for a second award.


Dark crimson and 1" wide for earlier issues and dark crimson with white edges and 1.25" wide for awards made from 1916 onwards.


Naming varies considerable for this medal as it was issued over a 100 year period.  Many early issues are found engraved while later issued are impressed in the style of the MGS.  However it is believed that around 1874 the style of naming was changed back from impressed to engraved but regimentally named medals are also encountered.  Both upright square capitals and sloping script were used.


Due to the large number of these medals issued during the long reign of Queen Victoria the dies had to be re-cut from time to time.  This results in some slight variations between examples encountered for sale.

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